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Northwestern State University 

Monday, August 24, 2009 ♦ Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Student Newspaper of NSU since 1914 ♦Volume 95: Issue 1 

This week 

Summer fun 

See how students 
spent their days over 
the break. 

p. 3 

No love 
for Twitter 

Student expresses her 
disinterest for the pop- 
ular social-networking 
site p ^ 


An inside look into the 
history, goals and life 
of the Demon football 
team's head coach. 

p. 8 

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Hall every Monday at 6:30 p.m. 

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2 News 

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Higher education cuts strike NSU 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Louisiana's budget crisis will 
continue to hamper the state's higher 
education systems this academic 
year and possibly longer, NSU Presi- 
dent Randall Webb said. 

NSU's already revised budget 
cut of $7.2 million has once again 
been reduced by the state to $6.1 
million. Webb said, however, he and 
his staff are not complaining about 
the frequent changes, just as long as 
the changes continue to be in favor 
of the university. 

Although the $1.1 million re- 
duction is a pleasant surprise for 
university officials, Webb said he is 
still "cautiously optimistic" about the 
upcoming academic year. 

Webb explained that this is be- 
cause additional budget cuts are ex- 
pected for at least the next two fiscal 
years due to declining state revenues, 
the phase-out of federal stimulus 
funds and anticipated changes in the 
higher education funding formula. 

When the budget cuts first arose 
in the Spring semester of 2009, NSU 
officials attempted to alleviate the 
original cut of $2.1 million by reduc- 
ing the university's operating costs. 

Webb explained that this plan 
was adequate for the time being, but 
now the university's situation re- 
quires an even greater reduction in 
the operating costs and more long 
term solutions. 

At this point, a hiring freeze has 
been placed on more than 62 univer- 
sity positions and 22 custodial con- 
tract positions have been eliminated, 
which combined reduces NSU's per- 
sonnel costs by more than $4 mil- 
lion, Webb said. 

Another $362,000 has been 
saved by eliminating merit salary in- 
creases for classified personnel, sal- 
ary increases for faculty promotion 
in rank and overtime pay. 

Additionally, support for NSU 
Athletics has been reduced by 

To help find other solutions, 
Webb explained that he has appealed 
to each of NSU's faculty and staff for 
any ideas that would help and act- 
ing Provost and Vice President for 
Academic and Student Affairs Lisa 
Abney has formed a committee to 
address the impacts of the future 

"Hardly a week goes by that we 
don't meet to discuss how to improve 
life for the students during these hard 
times," Webb said. 

Some possible solutions that 
might be looked into would be mov- 
ing to a four-day work week and a 
modified retirement plan that is be- 
ing offered by the state, Webb said. 

Vice President of Business Af- 
fairs Carl Jones explained that in 
theory the retirement plan would 

Employee Pay 

Athletics Budget 


Travel Budget 

Freeze/ Firing 

Impact of Budget Reductions, 2009-10 

Graphic by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

provide NSU employees, who are al- 
ready eligible for retirement, with an 
incentive and means to go ahead and 

do so. 

In turn, NSU could fill those 
open positions with younger em- 
ployees and not have to pay them the 
salary of a experienced or tenured 

Jones said details are still being 
worked out for this proposed retire- 
ment plan, but added that it could be 
one of many "business tactics" used 
to help the university during this 
budget crisis. 

Another direction university of- 
ficials are taking goes hand in hand 
with NSU's Go Green initiative, 
Webb said. 

Webb said by becoming energy 
efficient, the university predicts it 
could save a great deal of money. 

By the end of January, a new 
electrical system should be installed 
on campus, which will entail an elec- 
tric meter being installed for each of 
the campus's buildings, Webb said. 

Currently, there is only a num- 
ber of electric meters on campus 
and they each measure the electric- 

ity used by multiple buildings in that 
specific meter's grid area. 

Jones explained that the current 
system makes it difficult to measure 
which buildings are using the most 
electricity and how efficient the fac- 
ulty, staff and students are being. 

The new electrical system, how- 
ever, will allow university officials to 
look at each building individually 
and assess what needs to be done to 
be more energy efficient, Jones said. 

Jones said he has hopes of doing 
this with each of the university's ar- 
eas of energy consumption. 

Both Webb and Jones agreed 
that taking measures to lower the 
university's use of energy is the best 
long term solution available. " 

All this is coming together at a 
good time for us and should really 
help save some money," Jones said. 

Until the new electrical system 
is installed, Jones said he and other 
university officials are doing what 
they can to keep things at NSU run- 
ning as smoothly as possible. 

"Our support and creativity is 
severely limited by the budget, but 
we are still sufficient," Jones said. 

University struggles to accommodate students 

David Royal 

News Editor 

For the second consecutive year, 
NSU has been forced to reopen Var- 
nado Hall to house students after 
the rooms in University Columns 
and University Place Phase I and II 

Varnado Hall is a traditional 
dorm that closed at the end of the 
2008 academic as a result of the uni- 
versity shifting to privatized housing. 
Now, however, Varnado Hall is once 
again home to about 170 students 
and 20 university workers, Dean of 
Students Chris Maggio said. 

Maggio said the fact that all the 
rooms in both Varnado Hall and the 
privatized housing units are filled 
could be a positive indicator that 
attendance at NSU is beginning to 

"Just like it was last year, this 
really is a problem we would like to 
have," Maggio said. 

Collectively, University Col- 
umns and University Place Phase I 
and II have around 1,300 beds, and 
Director of Housing Stephanie Dy- 
jack said all of them were designated 
to students by mid- July. 

Unlike last year, Maggio said 
students did a better job of turning 
in their lease and other paperwork 
on time, which allowed for NSU to 
inform them that they were not go- 
ing to have a place to stay on cam- 

Maggio said that last year many 
students procrastinated with their 
lease and paperwork, and as a result 
students were not informed that they 
had to find another place to live until 
a week before school began. 

This year, the housing depart- 
ment put a strong emphasis on stu- 
dents turning in their leases before 
the priority deadline, which was 
March 1, Dyjack said. 

"Just about everybody who ap- 
plied for housing before the priority 

deadline got a bed," Dyjack said. 

Maggio said one problem the 
housing department is currently fac- 
ing is that potential NSU students 
will fill out paperwork to reserve a 
room on campus, decide not to take 
the room and not inform the hous- 
ing department that they will not be 
taking the room. 

To help solve this problem, 
Maggio said the housing department 
will require potential lease signers to 
already be registered for classes and 
balances toward the university paid 
before reserving a room. 

There are currendy about 40 
students on the waiting list to receive 
a room on campus, and students will 
be moved into Varnado Hall or the 
other privatized housing units as 
rooms become available. 

Like last year, Maggio predicts 
that all the students in Varnado Hall 
will have a room in one of the priva- 
tized housing units by the end of the 
fall semester. 

Photo Illustration 

Most NSU students moved into either Varnado Hall, Univer- 
sity Columns or University Place Phase I and II on Saturday. 


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New acting Provost and Vice President appointed 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The NSU Presidential Cabi- 
net appointed Lisa Abney as acting 
Provost and Vice President for Aca- 
demic and Student Affairs during the 

Abney, who has been at NSU 
for about 12 years, is the current re- 
placement for Thomas Hanson. 

Hanson served as Provost and 
Vice President for Academic and 
Student Affairs for over 4 years. 

He said he decided to resume 
his teaching post in the math depart- 
ment for personal and family rea- 

NSU President Randall Webb 
said Hanson had given him and his 
cabinet ample warning of his deci- 
sion to step down and said Abney 
was an obvious replacement. 

"She has been with the universi- 
ty for a great number of years and is a 
real scholar in her own right," Webb 

Abney said she was informed by 
university officials that she was their 
choice to serve as Hanson's acting re- 
placement in May and began most of 
her training in July. 

"I was very honored and very 
surprised to be asked to take the po- 
sition," Abney said. 

As acting Provost and Vice 
President for Academic and Student 
Affairs, Abney is the chief academic 
officer of the university. 

She explained that some of her 
duties relate to student life, degrees, 
faculty issues, the hiring and firing of 
NSU employees and budgets. 

Because of the many aspects 
that she must address, Abney said 
her new position is always challeng- 
ing and interesting. 

"There is definitely no boredom 
with this job," Abney said. 

Abney said one of her primary 
goals during her appointment is to 
form a student panel, which she said 
she hopes will give her and other 
NSU officials insight on what stu- 
dents think. 

"We always need to stay focused 
on what today's students need and 
want," Abney said. 

Abney came to NSU in 1997 to 
teach and a year later became Direc- 
tor of the Folklife Center. 

After serving many years as the 
Director of the Folklife Center, Ab- 
ney then became Head of Language 
and Communications in 2005 and 
was promoted to Dean of College of 
Liberal Arts for the past academic 

Abney said she is amazed at 
where life has taken her thus far 
while at NSU. 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

Lisa Abney said she finds very little free time since she took the positon of acting Provost 
and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. 

"I initially came here to teach 
and I never expected I would've 
come this far," Abney said. 

Compared to all of her other 
roles she has served at NSU, Abney 
said her current one is significantly 

"I now get to work with a large 
number of amazing faculty and this 

job really gives me an opportunity 
to take a look at the big picture con- 
cerning the students and university 
like none of my other jobs did," Ab- 
ney said. 

Webb explained that Abney's 
appointment is only for a year and 
the university will begin a national 
search to find a permanent replace- 

ment for the position around Octo- 
ber and expects to make his final rec- 
ommendation for the job by April. 

Webb said he would like to see 
Abney apply for the permanent posi- 

Abney had no comment con- 
cerning whether or not she will pur- 
sue it. 

Campus fraternity brings home the gold 

Joe Cunningham 


A campus fraternity brought 
home a plethora of trophies this 

Theta Chi received recognition 
at the Chapter Leadership Confer- 
ence.- 1 -*— 

Eddie Higginbotham, president 
of the NSU chapter of Theta Chi, said 
that the fraternity has been working 
hard to become a driving force in 
Greek Life at NSU. 

"And," he added, "[Theta Chi] 
has established itself as one of the 
best chapters on the national level." 

The chapter one eight of the fra- 
ternity's National Excellence Awards, 
in a variety of categories. 

Higginbotham was the second 
runner-up out of 13 finalists for the 
Reginald E.F. Colley Award, making 
him one of the top three brothers in 
the nation. 

He also received the Reginald 
Colley, Dale Slivinske, and Sherwood 
Blue Memorial scholarships, together 
totaling $2750. 

Submitted Photo 

Eddie Higginbotham and brothers presenting President 
Randall Webb with a 150 year anniversary book. 

The Colley Award is presented to 
the most outstanding undergraduate 
in the among all Theta Chi members 
across the country which is given 

to the student best serves fraternity, 
chapter and alma mater, and is pre- 
sented annually. 

Among the other awards given 

to the NSU chapter were in the ar- 
eas of Social Programming, Alumni 
Programming, Campus Involve- 
ment, Ritual Practices and Commu- 
nity Service and Philanthropy. 

According to Higginbotham, 
the NSU chapter had a successful 
year last year. 

The fraternity was awarded the 
"Outstanding Student Organization 
of the Year" by the office of Student 
Activities, and also received the 
President's Cup for Greek Excellent 
by the Office of Fraternity and Soror- 
ity Life. 

"In addition," Higginbotham 
continued, "we won the Commit- 
ment to Excellence in five categories, 
the most of any fraternity." 

Theta Chi has been at NSU for 
35 years and has initiated about 500 

Theta Chi's missions, values and 
ideals have become intertwined with 
Northwestern State University his- 
tory," said Higginbotham. 

"Its presence at NSU has defi- 
nitely left a lasting impact on the 

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Freshman general studies major Lee Baxter and freshman criminal justice major Cartez 
Shanklin of Leesville buying books at Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Friday afternoon 
from General Manager Lauren Martin. 

Welcome home new Demons 

Tori N. Ladd 

Life Editor 

They cycle is recurring, and has 
been since 1884. 

Through these 125 years, NSU 
has welcomed, nurtured and pro- 
duced countless successful Demons. 

Old Normal Hill is where Vic- 
tory stands proud and welcomes new 

Whether it is face-to-face, on- 
line or through their liaison campus- 

es in other cities, each fall semester 
NSU welcomes their core popula- 

The fellow Demons of NSU are 
thought to be a close community. 

"We're like family," senior busi- 
ness major Jane Johnson said. 

It is here amongst in Demon- 
land that soul mates are found and 
life long bonds are made. 

The fall semesters are filled with 
Demons sports, homecoming and 
endless Registered Student Organi- 
zation and Student Activities Board 


Along with teachers, students 
and the administration, together, 
they all make up NSU and carry the 
purple and white spirit. 

In the start of your collegiate 
journey into making NSU your alma 
mater, obtain the Demon spirit and 
pride and become a part of the Pur- 
ple Swarm. 

As the fall season begins and 
the year takes off, The Current Sauce 
would like to welcome you to De- 

Students of summer: 

How students spent their summer break 

Sarah Person 

Staff Reporter 

Whether students stayed in 
Natchitoches or went home for the 
summer, they were all involved 
with different activites, while en- 
joying the time they had off. 

Senior biology major Brian Loe 
stayed in Natchitoches in hopes for a 
job, but didn't find one until the end. 

Loe said he enjoyed 
his laid-back summer. 

"I just worked out and hung out 
with some friends," Loe said. 

"We'd go rock climb- 
ing or running, or even just 
hang out playing video games." 

Loe enjoyed staying in 
Natchitoches but enjoyed his 
time in other places as well. 

"Some times it was nice to get 
out of town though," Loe said. 

"The highlights of my sum- 
mer were a mission trip to New 
Mexico and a trip to Dallas to see a 
[Texas] Rangers [baseball] game." 

Loe says he is excited 
about the new semester be- 
cause he graduates in December. 

Some students spent the 
summer mentoring others. 

Junior education ma- 
jor Aly Breaux was a Fresh- 
man Connector this summer 
and she spent most of her sum- 

mer with the incoming freshman. 

"It was a blast to meet all the 
freshman and get to know them, 
and know that I was helping to pre- 
pare them for one of the biggest 
steps of their lives," Breaux said. 

Breaux enjoyed that every ses- 
sion had a different set of students 
who were eager to learn about 
college life and Northwestern. 

"It made it exciting for me to get 
the opportunity to teach these stu- 
dents about everything that North- 
western has to offer," Breaux said. 

Besides being a Freshman 
Connector she worked Boy's and 
Girl's State for a week, and she 
volunteered her time at Trail- 
blazers, which is a financial aid 
camp for high school students. 

"All of these camps were great 
and I enjoyed working with different 
students," Breaux said. 

"My favorite thing about 
Natchitoches is the people." 

"I cannot wait for everyone 
to come back and get to see my fa- 
vorite professors," Breaux said. 

Other students went 
home, worked, or took classes. 

Junior Psychology ma- 
jor Susan Barden worked as 
much as possible this summer. 

"I've worked at the same place for 
over three years and they welcome me 
with open arms like family every time 
I come home on break," Barden said. 

Barden had fun at her 
cousin's wedding and was 
even thrown a surprise part)' 
for her 20th birthday in June. 

Even though she was away 
for the summer, her friends 
came to visit in Texas, and they 
went to Six Flags Over Texas. 

Barden enjoyed her sum- 
mer since she knows she is going 
to be extremely busy in the fall. 

"I'm looking forward to see- 
ing my friends and classmates, the 
marching shows, and living off cam- 
pus with a friend," Barden said. 

"My favorite thing about Natchi- 
toches is being around students," 
Barden said. 

"When I'm at home, I hang 
out with my co-workers and some 
friends from high school. I rarely 
meet new people." 

"I like the atmosphere in Natchi- 
toches because there are so many 
people my age to keep the days inter- 
esting, and I can make a new friend 
pretty much any time," Barden said 

As far as new places in 
Natchitoches, Barden hopes 
for Aladdin's to open soon. 

"I'm thrilled PJ's is going to 
be occupied," Barden said. "Alad- 
din's is a half cafe, half hookah 
bar being set up in the old PJ's." 

Students are getting back in the 
swing of things and hope to start the 
new year off well. 

Sauce's Weekly College Recipe: 

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese 

SERVES 4 (change servings and units) 


2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 

2 cups hot water 

1/3 cup butter or margarine 

1/4 cup chopped onion 

3/4 teaspoon salt 

1/4 teaspoon pepper 

1/4 teaspoon ground mustard 

1/3 cup flour 

11/4 cups milk 

8 ounces process American cheese, cubed 


1. In a 2-qt. 

2. microwave-safe dish, combine the first seven 

3. Cover and microwave on high for 3 1/2 
minutes; stir. 

4. Cover and cook at 50% power for 4 minutes 
for until mixture comes to a boil, roating a half 
turn once. 

5. Combine flour and milk until smooth; stir into 
macaroni mixture. 

6. Add cheese. 

7. Cover and cook on high for 6-8 minutes or un 
til the macaroni is tender and sauce is bubbly, 
rotating a half turn once and stirring every 3 


Random Facts 

Sauce Weekly Vocabulary 

Prosaic (pro*sa-ic) 
Pronunciation: \pro-za-ik\ 
Function: adjective 
Etymology: Late Latin prosaicus, from Latin prosa prose 

Date: circa lbsb 

l a : characteristic of prose as distinguished from poetry : factual 

b : dull, unimaginative <prosaic advice> 
: everyday, ordinary <heroic characters wasted in prosaic lives 

Kirkus Reviews> 
— pro-sa-i-cal-ly \ adverb o^-,-* — b*.,.^ 

President Kennedy was the fastest random speaker in the world with 
upwards of 350 words per minute. 

There are 10 human body parts that are only 3 letters 
long (eye hip arm leg ear toe jaw rib lip gum). 

Every year about 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced. 

The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after 
Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth. 

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Fall 2009 Fee Payment Schedule 
Graduate and Undergraduate Students 

Fee Payment will be held in Prather Coliseum. Stu- 
CLASSES, regardless if there is a conflict with their 

scheduled fee payment time (you may come after 
your class on your scheduled day). 

Monday, August 24, 2009 
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 
A - Z (All Students) 

Thursday, August 27, 2009 
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM 
A - Z (All Students) 

Tori Ladd 
Life Editor 
August 24, 2009 

Submitted Photo 

Paula Furr, Ed. D., stands outside of Oxford University in Oxford, England. 

Changing times take instructor overseas 

Paula Furr, head of department 
of journalism, discussed privacy 
and technological issues at an Ox- 
ford Round Table at the university in 

Furr was one of 29 guests in- 
vited to the conference this summer. 
All topics were based on "Education 
and Cyberspace Law." 

Furr's presentation, "From the 
Printed Book to Facebook," focused 
on what qualifies material as credible 
or someone as being a journalist in 
the new social media of blogging and 
social networking. 

She explained how popular 
technology such as Twitter and Face- 
book have changed the way media 
send and receive information, and 
that the teaching of ethics and law 
must expand to suit the needs of the 
new outlets of information. 

While these websites are useful 
for the spread of information and 
maintaining connections, they are 
also creating new issues with privacy 
and boundaries. 

Furr explained that no one can 
predict the "social ramifications of 
social media," and that no one knows 
how journalism will be affected posi- 

tively or negatively in the future. 

"The bottom line is that schools 
are called on to do more and more, 
from content, skills, character.. .and 
technology," Furr said. 

"It's a challenge. But eager stu- 
dents who care remain an educators 

Other guests spoke about these 
problems and suggested other solu- 
tions to the issues. 

Another question Furr dis- 
cussed was whether changes with the 
media have or will result in the death 
of journalism. 

"My take was that journalism 
will never die because people need 
and want information and want to 
be connected to others," Furr said. 

"However, journalists can no 
longer sit back as the 'mass commu- 
nicators' We have to be more cred- 
ible, more accessible, more captivat- 
ing so that an audience will choose 
a professional media outlet, whether 
the professional is an individual or 

Furr has participated in inter- 
national conferences in Warwick, 
England as well as Ukraine and Den- 

She was also invited to be a 
guest lecturer at Louisiana Tech at 
the Center for Secure Cyberspace. 

The Oxford Union, where Furr 
discussed the new media, is one of 
the world's top debating societies. 

In existence for more than 180 
years, it was founded as a forum for 
debate and roundtable discussion. 

Based on the tenants of the free 
exchange of ideas, the foundation of 
the Union was a strange, new idea to 
the restrictive and conservative uni- 
versities administration. 

Many of the Unions leaders 
have gone into politics, including 
early leading figures W.E. Gladstone, 
who entered the House of Commons 
in England shortly after leaving Ox- 

The Union holds no political 

In 1933, one of their most fa- 
mous motions. 

"This House will under no cir- 
cumstances fight for King and Coun- 
try," was passed, further exemplify- 
ing this political neutrality. 

Many people believed this mo- 
tion encouraged Hitler to invade Eu- 

Winston Churchill denounced 
it as an "abject, , squalid, shameless 

For more information on the 
Oxford Union, visit http://www.ox- 

Paper or plastic? 

Amanda Duncil 

Life Reporter 

Starting this year, students 
will receive a book allowance on 
their NSU One Card for up to $650 
in place of paper book vouchers. 
Book allowances will be available 
starting Aug. 14 and remain avail- 
able through Sept. 2. 

Students will be eligible for 
the allowance if they have leftover 
Financial Aid after paying fees. 

Students can contact Financial 
Aid or attend fee payment to de- 
termine the status of their resourc- 

The book allowance is used 
like book vouchers and will be ac- 
cepted at the bookstores. 

Students will also be able to 
pre-pay and order a book if the 
book is not in stock. 

Internet students may use 
their allowance simply by calling 
the bookstore and ordering the 
books they need. 

"We think it will make things 
much easier on the students," said 
Misti Adams, director of Student 
Financial Aid and Scholarships. 

"They do not have to wait in 
line for a book voucher," Adams 

"And they have access to the 
funds earlier than normal if they 
have taken care of their business 
and all their aid is estimated on 
their account." 

Financial Aid is relieved to be 
getting rid of paper vouchers, Ad- 
ams said. 

An e-mail sent out by Finan- 

Photo by Amanda Duncil/The Current Sauce 

Andy Bullard preparing to use his NSU One Card. 

cial Aid warns students: "Please 
remember that you, the student, 
are responsible for knowing how 
much aid you have over what is 
owed on your account and you 
cannot charge over this amount. 

Any amounts charged over 
your refund amount will have to 
be paid out of pocket by you, the 


Financial Aid also warns that 
after Sept. 2 all allowance money 
will expire and be unavailable for 

Students will have to pay out 
of pocket if they are in need of a 
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Be Frank: leaving something behind 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 

We are taught 
throughout child- 
hood to shoot for 
the stars. 

As I wake up 
late for my last 
first day of class- 
es, those words 
of wisdom don't pass my mind. I 
run across campus murmuring, "oh 
shit!" under my breath and hope that 
the instructor is running a little late 
as well. 

As I run, I don't pause to notice 
the empty buildings that can never 
be torn down and I sprint by the new 
construction. I don't have time to re- 
alize how empty our campus feels. 

We have historic landmarks that 
we leave vacant, we have dorms we 
have yet to tear down, but we con- 
tinue to break new ground. 

Perhaps NSU is just growing 
and progressing with time. But may- 
be it is leaving something more im- 
portant behind. 

We walk— and sometimes run- 
across the campus during some of 
the institutions' greatest budget cuts. 

Departments lose their accredi- 
tation, the janitorial staff is slashed 
at least in half, positions are fro- 
zen, paper runs 
scarce and more 
and more classes 
are being offered 
only on the In- 
ternet while the instructors' course 
loads continue to grow and they are 
asked to take furloughs. 

NSU has seen and survived 
worse times. 

But as I continue my sprint, I 
cannot help but feel defeated. 

Our campus, as a whole, lacks 
the spirit that once seemed to flood 
the student body, faculty, staff and 

"maybe it is leaving 
something more important 


Some people are bothered by 
the lack of purple and orange in stu- 
dents' wardrobes. Some even attack 
students for wearing colors of op- 
posing institutions. 

But those students look back at 
the institution and dream of more. 
Better athletics, better educa- 
tion, better fa- 

Photo by Bethany Frank/ The Current Sauce 

ject to its fullest— and sometimes at At NSU, we put on masks to hide, 
all. Some students feel the faculty We would rather point fingers and be 

cilities— a better 
student life. 

There are 
some instructors 
who look across the classroom in de- 
spair because they feel their students 
have failed them. They believe their 
students don't try and don't want to 
be there. 

Those same students, some- 
times, return the agonizing stare be- 
cause they feel let down. 

Some students feel the instruc- 
tors lack the ability to teach the sub- 

fail to understand 
student needs 
and therefore 
cannot truly con- 
nect with the stu- 
dent body. 

Across cam- 
pus people are pointing fingers at 
everyone but themselves. 

We might not win champion- 
ships every year. We might not have 
the cleanest floors in Louisiana. Hell, 
we might not even have the highest 

But we choose to be here. Each 
and everyone one of us choose 

It isn't always beautiful. Some- 
times it literally stinks, but it is ours. 
There are men and women who liter- 
ally put on masks to save their cities 
from crime. 

Is this an institution 

that will guide 
'me' to the stars?" 

blinded by "good 
enough" than 
to stand up and 
make a change. 

This is 
our NSU. 


bad and right now a little ugly, it is 

Today, I challenge you to stand 
up and remove your mask. Walk, in- 
stead of run, as you go class and take 
the time to reflect on what North- 
western is. 

Then ask yourself, "Is this an 
institution that will guide me to the 

And if the answer is no, then I 
challenge you to make a difference. 

I challenge you to be NSU's vigi- 
lante and help us make it through 
another 125 years. 

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Sarah Cramer 

Guest Columnist 

A couple hours 
into our very first Pot- 
pourri staff meeting, 
we were interrupted 
by a burst of laugh- 
ter coming from my 
neighbor on my left, 
followed by a conversation that went 
something like this: 

"Did you just get my tweet?" 
coming from my right-hand neigh- 


"Really, guys?" were the only 
words I could find to say. 

This social-networking site, 
Twitter, seems to be all the rage 
among, well, quite a number of peo- 
ple. From the rich and famous to the 
Potpourri staff members, everyone 
seems to have an 

account. Even 
President Barack 
Obama can be found on Twitter. 

The site is so big it even has 
its own dictionary, complete with 
made-up words and phrases such as 
"Trazz-ler Buzz," meaning "tracking 
popular travel destinations via Twit- 

I joined the Twitter craze during 
the spring 2009 semester after hav- 
ing my mother (yes, my mother), tell 
me how fun and exciting she found 
the social-networking site to be. 

I gave it a shot, picked out a 

"what's the point? 

username, tried to find something 
creative to say about myself for my 
profile and spent way too much 
time cropping a picture to be small 
enough to fit into the designated pro- 
file picture frame. 

I have since 
posted a total 
number of 22 
"tweets" and I 
keep up with the 
11 people I'm fol- 
lowing, but what I 
can't seem to un- 
derstand is: what's 
the point? 

I must be honest; when I first 
joined I assumed it was a blogging 

When I discovered all I would 
be doing is making all my followers 
aware of my every move, I quickly 
lost interest. Isn't that what we have 
Facebook for? 

left hand, until they update again 30 
minutes later, notifying me that they 
have changed positions. Sometimes 
they even supply me with a picture, 
or a twitpic. 

"I recently made the 
mistake of clicking on a 
link posted by one of my 
followers who I did not 
know, only to be directed 
to a site full of naked 
people, complete with 


you can post 
"twitpics" and share your opinion 
about any of the "Trending Topics," 
as well as several other tools I don't 
understand, but I haven't found my- 
self interested enough to give those a 

I can see how it may be a good 
PR tool, but it seems to be used more 
often as a stalking device, or rather 
an invitation to such stalking. 

I see posts on a daily basis telling 
me exactly what a person is doing, 
down to the very position of their 

I have 
also been both- 
ered by the 
amount of porn 
sites that have 
decided to fol- 
low me. 

I recently 
made the mis- 
take of click- 
ing on a link posted by one of my 
followers who I did not know, only 
to be directed to a site full of naked 
people, complete with video. 

I've stopped clicking on myste- 
rious links and instead have resorted 
to blocking creepy- or trashy-look- 
ing people I do not know. 

As for the @(insert username 
here) references, those just annoy 
the crap out of me. I've seen several 
people transfer these to Facebook, 
and all I can say to those people is, 
"Please, keep those on Twitter and 
on Twitter only." 

Perhaps it is my own ignorance 
and short attention span that keep 
me from figuring this thing out. 
I'm sure I will eventually catch this 
"Twitter fever;" maybe all it will take 
is for someone to explain it to me, 
or maybe I should spend more time 
tweeting so that I, too, will become 

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Half the Battle: 

Editor says hello 

Joe Cunningham 


attention, if 

Today marks 
the beginning of a 
glorious year. One which will deter- 
mine the fate of the university we at- 
tend. A year that will mark either the 
rise or the decline of our school. 

You may be 
asking yourself 
"But, Joseph... 
Why? Is the 
school's budget 
really that bad? 
Is our enrollment 

down? Can we not afford indoor 

No, my friends, it's none of the 
above. The reason the outcome of 
this year is a toss-up is... Well, take 
a look at the tide under my name. 

Didn't notice that before, did 


I've lost a lot of you with that 
one, haven't I? For those of you who 
stayed: Bravo! You are the ones who 
will be asking the same questions I've 
been asking for months. 

What does our budget look like? 
How many programs have been cut? 
How many classes exist only online 
or not at all? 

As students, you have the right 
to ask these questions. 

You have the right to know what 
your school is doing with the money 
you give it. 

Never for a moment think that 
the administration is hidden among 
the clouds, like Heaven or Cloud 

President Randall Webb is not, 
nor will he ever be a suitable, Lando 
Calrissian. Or St. Peter, but that's en- 
tirely beside the point. 

The Current Sauce is here to 
answer your questions, and don't 
be afraid to ask 

"Never for a moment think 
that the administration is 
hidden among the clouds, 
like Heaven or Cloud City." 

about something 
we haven't cov- 

We want 
to tell you what 
you want to 
know, but how can we if you don't 
tell us what you want to know about? 

This is run by students for stu- 
dents, first and foremost. We are not 
here to bring good PR to the univer- 

We're not here to say "Go team!" 
and not tell you about that little, un- 
important loss they had last week- 
end. We're not just about the frater- 
nities and the sororities. 

We'll tell you about the good, 
the bad, and the ugly. We've got to. 
It's out job. 

So, boys and girls, sit back and 
watch the fireworks. 

Also, do your homework. I don't 
want you to fail. Really. I don't. That 
would be in bad taste. 

Photo by Bethany Frank/ The Current Sauce 

Opinionated Spirits: 

it's more than just a drink between friends 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Columnist 

The culture of drinking in 
America is unlike any 
other in the world, 
which can be attrib- 
uted to the variety of 
immigrants that have 
made up this country. 

From men who 
made alcoholic beverages similar 
to those from their home countries 
to men who created drinks from 
scratch, hun- 
dreds of different 
types of liquors, 
or spirits, and 
even more types 
of beer have cre- 
ated a unique na- 
tional attitude to- 
wards drinking. 

However, it seems like people 
forget about this unique mix when 
they try to change the way we view 
alcohol in this country. 

Take prohibition, for example. It 
took years of constant protesting by 
anti-drinking groups to finally pass a 
national law against alcohol. 

Although it was a dark, dry time 
for America, we pressed on. 

Other organizations like the Na- 
tional Institute on Alcohol Abuse and 
Alcoholism and Mothers Against 
Drunk Driving continue to show the 
negative aspects that drinking has on 

Maybe these organizations for- 
got the positive effects alcohol has 
had in our history or that just last 
week a mother in New York driving 
drunk killed 8 people, but I'll leave 
defining irony for another day. 

"When people drink 
together friendships 
are made and honesty 
prevails among the 

Alcohol has had plenty of other 
effects on our country's history from 
the beginning. 

Even the pilgrims on the May- 
flower were effected by alcohol since 
the crew of the ship had to drop 
them off earlier than expected be- 
cause they were afraid they would 
not have enough beer for the trip 
back to England. 

After the repeal of prohibition, 
the newly reopened breweries and 
distilleries opened up many new 
job opportunities for the large per- 
centage of unem- 

ployed citizens 
going through 
the Great Depres- 

What al- 
cohol has done 
the most on a 
personal level, 
however, is act as a social drink. 

When people drink together 
friendships are made and honesty 
prevails among the conversations, 
which is sometimes a reason why 
friendships are lost. 

The truthful opinions we feel 
obligated to keep to ourselves or say 
with an acute sense of political cor- 
rectness are brought out into the 
open with every drink. 

Of course there is a point when 
alcohol can be abused, but I'm not 
talking about the idiot who binges 
to the point of death or can't see his 
hand and tries to drive. 

I'm talking about the people 
who can enjoy drinking and con- 
versing, letting unfiltered opinions 

Let the liquor do the talking to 
keep your ideas, well, full of spirit. 

Bethany Frank 
Opinions Editor 
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August 24, 2009 


Webb welcomes students 

Dear NSU Students: 

On behalf of 
the university's 
outstanding fac- 
ulty and staff, it 
is my pleasure to 
welcome returning 
students back to 
Northwestern for 
the fall 2009 semester and to extend 
cordial greetings to students who are 
enrolling this year for the first time. 

All of you will be part of a spe- 
cial year in Northwestern's history 
as the university celebrates during 
2009-10 the 125th anniversary of its 
establishment in 1884 and the en- 
rollment of its first class of students 
in 1885. 

More than 75,000 students have 
attended Northwestern in its long 
history, and alumni of the univer- 
sity have assumed roles of leader- 
ship across the nation and world 
throughout the years in education, 
business, government, medical 
fields, military service, arts, sciences 
and other areas of endeavor. 

Your academic experiences and 
involvement in other activities and 
organizations during your years as a 
student at NSU will provide for you 
the same foundation, inspiration and 
impetus for success in life that so 
many of our alumni credit for their 
achievements after leaving the uni- 

This will be a 
challenging year 
for Northwestern 
and other uni- 
versities through- 
out the state and 
nation because 
of budget reduc- 
tions and other 
impacts of the 

economic recession, but this vener- 
able old school has overcome similar 
obstacles many times during its long 
history and will continue to serve its 
students effectively and in a compas- 
sionate and responsive manner even 
in difficult times. 

There is cause for optimism and 
excitement as this new year begins 

"This venerable old school has 
overcome similar obstacles 
many times during its long 
history and will continue to 
serve its students effectively and 
in a compassionate 
and responsive manner 
even in difficult times." 

at Northwestern. Campus housing 
facilities are filled to capacity, enroll- 
ment of first-time students continues 
to increase, and there are ongoing 
improvements in facilities and ser- 
vices at the university. 

Construction begins this year, 
for example, on a new student ser- 
vices complex in the heart of the 
campus that will 
assist students 

in virtually all of 
their experiences 
at NSU. 

you for selecting 
Northwestern as 

your university 
home. I am con- 
fident that your time here will be re- 
warding, beneficial and enjoyable. If 
I may assist you in any way, please do 
not hesitate to contact me. Welcome 

Randall Webb 

ik/ The Current Sauce 

NSU takes a greener step 

Taylor Graves 

Guest Columnist 

Did you know by 
recycling two tons of 
plastic, you can save 
one ton of petroleum? 

Or by recycling 
steel and tin cans, a person can save 
74 percent of energy used to make 

Now here's the big kicker... by 
recycling one ton of paper, a person 
can save 17 trees; 7,000 gallons of 
water; three cubic yards of landfill 
space; two barrels of oil and 4,000 
kilowatt hours of electricity, accord- 
ing to www.recycling-revolution. 
com. Did you know that? 

These and more are reasons why 
I am a huge recycling fan. 

Honestly, what's the point in let- 
ting perfectly reusable things (news- 
papers, cans, plastics, etc) just lay in 
a landfill for them to decompose? 

Since the university has more 
than 3,000 students and facility on 
campus, our campus could save quite 
a lot of raw materials and energy. 

A recycling program was intro- 
duced to Natchitoches last February 
to try to reduce the waste stream of 
the city by 30 percent, according to a 
city councilman. 

So, I was very excited when I 
found out NSU started the same re- 
cycling program in August. 

Each department will have a 
blue recycling bin and every build- 
ing with an elevator will have a bin 
on each floor. 

There will also be six recycling 
bins outside the six most used build- 
ings on campus - Friedman Student 
Union, St. Denis Hall, Warehouse/ 
Central Receiving, Russell Hall, Ky- 
ser Hall and Watson Library. 

Since the bins will be accessible 
for everyone, hopefully waste prod- 
ucts will be cut down and reusable 

paper, plastic and aluminum prod- 
ucts will be recycled. 

The only problem now is there 
seems to be no plan for recycling 
bins around University Columns or 
Place Phases I and II. I noticed trash 
cans specificity for recycling in Uni- 
versity Place Phase II last semester, 
but from the information I've read 
about the new program, no one has 
mentioned putting the blue recycla- 
ble bins outside or around the Col- 
umns or Place buildings. 

Between the three resident 
buildings there are 1,298 students 
living on campus. That is a lot of 
trash and a lot of possible recyda- 
bles. So, wouldn't it make sense to 
put bins around the resident halls? 

I have high hopes for this pro- 
gram and the students at NSU to 
start recycling more. I can't think of 
a better way to start off a new school 
year than with a new recycling pro- 


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Staff Reporter 

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Student Media Adviser 

Act one: Write the manuscript 

Cody Bourque 

Guest Columnist 

Afraid and loath- 
ing 852 miles from 
Natchitoches in Char- 
lotte off South Tryon 
Street, I tried to figure 
out what to fill this 
space with. 

Impairing thoughts slowly as a 
Milwaukee brewed beverage ran its 
course, which for some reason I vi- 
sualized as a waterslide (guess that's 
why there's a slide at Miller Park 
where the Brewers play), I was in the 
same spot mentally for this piece as 
preparing for this real world that ev- 
eryone talks about. 

Got a clue and that's about it. 

I do not fear this real world 
completely; if I was totally afraid 

I would not put myself up to the 
hell that I have scheduled for these 
next two semesters with 20 hours of 
coursework for each one. 

My fear is based on the un- 
certainty that is my planning pro- 
cess and disgust lies in hesitance to 
fully grasp what 

it means to walk 
across this stage 
and on to the 

It mainly has to do with my 
personal nature of not liking to 
have things planned out in life like a 
Broadway performance. 

I would much rather more of an 
improv group making the best of the 
topic thrown at it. 

I don't like scripts, but now I 
have to start writing mine, or at least 
understanding where I want the 
acts to be played out and the overall 

"I would much rather more of 
an improv group making the 
best of the topic thrown at it. " 


This fear of uncertainty that we 
all face is always going to be there but 
recognizing that it even exists is the 
first step (an AA reference would be 
perfect here considering the lead but 
I would rather not go there) in get- 
ting over it. 

It's al- 
ways easier 
said than done, 
though, espe- 
cially when it means getting out of a 
comfy chair and into a shirt and tie 
(or whatever the equivalent is for our 
lady friends). 

But considering that we have the 
option to make that choice makes 
for inspiration (cue "Proud to be an 
American," shoot some fireworks in 
the sky and grab an apple pie with 
Wisconsin cheese on top). 

Time to get ready for a wild ride. 

Greetings to all Demons 

Kayla Wingfield 

SGA President 

to all new and 
returning De- 


This year 
marks the 125th Anniversary of 
Northwestern State University. 

All Demons are in celebration 
in its various forms, and those in the 
Student Government Association 
are no exception. 

This year, in keeping with our 
desire to see more of that good ole' 
Demon Pride, the SGA is making 
changes to promote a more satisfy- 
ing student experience! 

One of those exciting changes 
is that there will now be designated 
areas for RSO's to host tailgating par- 
ties on game day! As always, buses 
will be available to transport stu- 
dents to some of the big away games 
this year, so be on the lookout for the 
when and the where. 

Be sure to attend those pep ral- 
lies before the games! Greek Life has 
put a lot of work into making them 
events to remember! 

On the business side of things, 
SGA has been working hard to get 
you some of the things you have 
been asking for. 

For instance, the student com- 
mittee for Sodexho food services 
committee is now accepting appli- 
cations for the Fall Semester, and its 
first meeting is slated for the Early 

Negotiations with Campus Liv- 
ing Villages have already begun, and 
SGA hopes to get the student advi- 

sory committees set up this Fall, so 
keep your eyes open for that launch. 

We hope that these student 
committees will spawn a new level 
of student satisfaction with our con- 
tracted service providers on campus. 

We are continuing to serve the 
interests of the students. In the com- 
ing weeks, SGA will be sponsoring 
a new fiscal awareness campaign in 
which we will teach students what 
the charges on their fee sheets are 
for, what services their fees fund, and 
also how the legislative environment 
has impacted our university. 

We also plan to add an addition- 
al guest during that event who will 
educate students on how to prepare 
for their financial future. 

Furthermore, in an effort to be 
of further assistance to students, 
SGA proposes an increase of the 

SGA loan amount from $74 to 
$100. These low cost loans are avail- 
able to any student in good academic 
standing with the university and cur- 
rently require an interest payment of 

Look for that item during the 
Homecoming Elections, which will 
hopefully be conducted using our 
new online system. 

To further assist student organi- 
zations, some exciting new changes 
have been made to the Gavel Club 

Furthermore, we are proud to 
announce that the SGA Vice Presi- 
dent will be taking on the additional 
responsibility of being available by 
request to come to student organiza- 
tions to hear student concerns! 

Last, but not least, SGA is mov- 
ing forward on our plan to recom- 
mend that standardized test prepara- 

tory courses be taught as for-credit 
classes for students. 

SGA believes this should be 
done to ensure that all students have 
the opportunity to develop the nec- 
essary skill sets to achieve their aspi- 
rations to graduate and professional 

We believe that by encourag- 
ing the university to provide these 
tools to students, that it will lessen 
the disadvantages due to economic 
situations that many of our fellow 
Demons face. 

Of course, there are many more 
projects that SGA will be undertak- 
ing both this semester and the next, 
but we are never too busy to take on 
a new challenge. 

Above all, we are here to be 
the voice of the students. The sena- 
tors will constantly be out and about 
looking for your concerns. 

The SGA seeks not only to give 
voice to your concerns but also to 
find creative solutions to those con- 

There are purple Pass Boxes in 
various locations around campus. 

If you have any complaints or 
concerns, please fill out one of the 
forms and put them in the boxes. 

Additionally, my office hours, as 
well as those of the other executives 
will be posted not only outside of the 
SGA office but also on our bulletin 
boards in the student union as well as 
in various locations around campus. 

Remember, Demons, to make 
the most of your experience in De- 
monland! Find out what moves you, 
involve yourself with one or more of 
the many organizations on campus, 
and, above all, get ready to find your- 
self at Northwestern! 

Go Demons! 


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Sports Editor 
August 24, 2009 

The man behind the "Promise" 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 

"The Peveto Promise" echoes 
across Natchitoches as season ticket 
holders renew their seats. But as 
the saying goes, a promise is only as 
good as the man who makes it. 

Bradley Dale Peveto, new foot- 
ball head coach, returns home to the 
Demons after an 11 -year hiatus. 

"It was a chance to be head foot- 
ball coach," Peveto said. "There is a 
loud tradition of football [at NSU], 
and Natchitoches is a great place to 
raise a family." 

Football has been a family game 
for Peveto since his childhood when 
his father, Ed, coached high school 
football in southeast Texas. 

Ed was also inducted into the 
Greater Houston Coaches Hall of 
Honor in 1993 and into the Golden 
Triangle Coaches Hall of Fame in 

Peveto's brothers, Jeff and Garey 
Birt, also coached at high schools in 
southeast Texas. 

Peveto's wife, Melissa, and their 
two children, Payton (7) and Jacob 
(4) join the team and can be seen on 
sidelines cheering for the Demons 
during not only the games, but prac- 

tices as well. 

They even joined the Demons 
during the summer football prac- 
tices. All the coaches' wives and 
families could be seen along the 
sidelines cheering on the players and 
sometimes partaking in a little game 

Football has become a family af- 
fair at Northwestern State. 

It was more than just the cajun 
atmosphere and cooking that drew 
Peveto toward NSU. After participat- 
ing with some "unstable institutions," 
Peveto returns to NSU comforted by 
the administration. "A strong ad- 
ministration is the foundation of a 
football program," he said. "If it's not 
stable, you don't have a chance." 

He continued to explain how 
he likes the stability from "President 
Webb to Greg Burke." 

"NSU has always had a tradition 
of football, tough players and players 
that play hard," Peveto said. And it 
is that "hard nose" football program 
that he enjoys. 

The Demons will shoot for 
championships and wins, but Pe- 
veto's concentration is on doing the 
right things. 

"[We are going] to take care of 
our academics, be very respectful, 

old fashioned— on the field and in 
the classroom," he said. "The right 
things from A to Z." 

But after all the preparation, Pe- 
veto is ready for the first game. 

Football is unlike any other 
sport, he said. You spend a lot of time 
practicing, but only get to play a few 

"Our team is going to play hard, 
a lot of emotion, fast, very disci- 
plined," he said. 

Overall, they are working hard. 

"The only way to develop the 
community for championships is 
blood, sweat and tears, which come 
from hours and hours of practice 
and hard practice," he said. 

Peveto coached the Demons 
from 1996-98. While at Northwest- 
ern State, he inspired both his "Pur- 
ple Swarm" — a nickname for the de- 
fense—and the team as a whole. 

The Purple Swarm broke records 
and set standards during Peveto's 
three years as defensive coordinator 
and coined the phrase "Swarm, Baby, 
Swarm" for the attacking defensive 
style. Four players were drafted to 
the NFL, including current Wash- 
ington Redskins safety Mike Green, 
and four players earned All- Ameri- 
can honors. The defense set single- 

game records for fewest yards al- 
lowed, fewest rushing yards allowed 
and most quarterback sacks. 

The Demons also set a school 
season records for most defensive 
touchdowns scored. The Purple 
Swarm also set season records for 
quarterback sacks in two of Peveto's 
three seasons, totaling 52 in 1998 
and 122 in the last three years. 

Since working at NSU, Peveto 
was the secondary/co-defensive co- 
ordinator at Houston State for three 
years; defensive coordinator, second- 
ary, linebackers at Middle Tennessee 
University; and special teams coor- 
dinator, linebackers and co-defen- 
sive coordinator at LSU 

He has led his players through 
victorious bowl games and champi- 
onships including: the Peach Bowl 
where LSU beat Miami, 40-3 in 2005; 
the Sugar Bowl where LSU beat 
Notre Dame, 41-14 in 2007; and BCS 
Championship Game where LSU 
beat Ohio State, 38-24 in 2008. 

The 1987 graduate joined South- 
ern Methodist University during 
three bowl games where he played 
safety. They won the Cotton Bowl in 
1983 defeating Pittsburgh, 7-3 and 
the Aloha Bowl in 1984 defeating 
Notre Dame, 27-20. 

Photo by Bethany Frank 

Head coach Bradly Dale Pevato with his two children and wife after a 
NSU summer practice 

Bs'in with the Bull: Welcome back to the madness 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

Welcome back 
baby birds from 
your long and tu- 
multuous summer, 
if it wasn't long and 
tumultuous I'm sorry mine was so 
that's what we are going with. Any- 
way back on point, momma bird is 
here to feed his chicks. 

For those of you who know what 
you're reading you can skip down a 
few lines and get on with this show, 
for those of you who have no idea 
what this is, listen up. 

My name is obviously Andy 
Bullard and this is my column "Bs'in 
with the Bull." 

In this column it will be mainly 
about sports, but sometimes it will 
be about things I hear or see that 
strike my fancy, but mostly sports. 

While I'm talking about the 
sports I have two goals: 1 ) Help you 
gain knowledge about sports and 2) 
Entertain you at the exact same time. 

In this column I also want to 
hear back from you. I want your in- 
put as well. 

So this means that you have to 
go to and give 
me your feed back. 

Anyway, back to the real point 
of this column now that we got the 
introductions out of the way. 

The real point of this shindig 
here is I love to prognosticate, so 
what I'm going to do is give you the 
low down on how the fall sports here 
at the lovely NSU are going to fair 
this fall. 

First, we start with football. As, 
by now I'm sure we all know that 
we have a brand spankin new head 
coach in Bradly Dale Pevatoe. 

Yes, he did come from the LSU 

Tigers and yes, he does have a BCS 
National Championship ring, but 
that's all in the past. 

One things he has done for NSU 
is give them the number one recruit- 
ing class in the FCS (football cham- 
pionship sub-division). 

He has also brought a strong 
nosed defense to a team that was al- 
ready pretty good on defense. As for 
the team in general, I am really torn 
about them. 

I can honestly see them going 
anywhere between 9-2 and 5-6, but 
I won't leave it at that I feel the team 
will actually go 8-3. 

I think that the Houston Cou- 
gars and Baylor Bears are going to be 
games that will be extremely hard to 

As, far as the third loss, it hurts 
my soul to say this but its going to be 
to McNeese State University, only for 
the fact its in Lake Charles. 

So, at 8-3 it leaves the Demons 
right outside the SLC championship 
and just short of the playoffs, but a 
good start to Coach Pev's second 
tenure here at NSU. 

Next up is Soccer. Even though 
we lost a bit of experience due to 
graduation, Coach Jimmy Mitchell 
always has this team prepared for the 
upcoming season. 

Speculation that I have heard 
from talking to sources is that the 
NSU Demons are predicted to finish 
third in conference. 

Setting them up with a good 
spot in the conference tournament 
which just so happens to be at the 
friendly confines of the Demons 
Soccer Complex. 

So, for my personal predic- 
tion I'll say that the ladies will finish 
third in conference and then since 
the tourney is here in our own back 
yard they will win the whole kitten 


That's right the whole thing. 

Finally we have the NSU vol- 
leyball team. This team is always the 
hardest to predict because they have 
always been spotty. They will play 
well for a stretch and then lose to 
teams they are suppose to beat. 

For example, they made it into 
the SLC tournament last year by the 
skin of their teeth and then won their 
first round game, a game mind you 
they were not suppose to win. 

So, between that and a good 
portion of the team returning, I 
think and hope that Coach Uffel- 
man can have the Lady Demons vol- 
leyball team back in the conference 
tourney and even farther into the 

So, there you go. Keep in mind 
that these are my own personal opin- 
ions of how our teams will do. 

I have put in lots of research in 

between turns on Call of Duty, so 
just know that this wasn't thrown to- 
gether at the last minute. 

On a small side note, in recent 
news you may have seen how Brett 
Favre is coming back for yet again 
another season. Except this time 
instead signing a one year deal he 
signed a two year deal with the Min- 
nesota Vikings. 

To me this is the biggest mis- 
take ever, because Favre is old and 
just needs to go home to Mississippi. 
Don't get me wrong I love Favre, but 
now it's just getting ridiculous. Even 
after saying that I still think the Vi- 
kings have a good shot at the Super 
Bowl now. Sorry for that tangent. 

On a final note I feel this will be 
a good year for all Demon athletics. 

Also, I really hope you continue 
to read this and the rest of the Sauce 
for the rest of the year because I 
promise it will only get better. 

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Chase Lyles (2) turning a double play in a game last spring agnist UTA 

NSU sports: 365 

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Corey Jones was named to the 2009 All-Louisiana track and field team. 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

Summer is hardly an off-season 
for Demon Sports. The athletic cal- 
endar is 365 days long and sports are 
never an "in season" topic at NSU. 

Throughout the break from 
school, NSU athletics were hard at 
work landing recruits and snagging 
on and off the field awards. 

Even though the Demon base- 
ball team barely scraped .500, they 
bagged plenty of honors this sum- 

Third baseman and political sci- 
ence senior Joe Urtuzuastegui was 
named to the 2009 All- Louisiana 
Baseball team along with first base- 
man teammate Justin O'Neal and 
second baseman teammate Chase 

O'Neal and Urtuzuastegui re- 
ceived another award along side fel- 
low teammate, senior biology major, 
Jordan Nipp. 

The three of them made the 24- 
man 2009 Capital One Bank/South- 
land Conference All-Academic 
Baseball Team. 

Red shirt freshman pitcher 
Chad Sheppard was named a Lou- 
isville Slugger Freshman All- Ameri ■ 
can and named to the 2009 All Ping! 
Freshman Team. 

NSU's track and field team also 
saw their fair share of honor this 

The Lady Demons 4x100 and 
mens 4x400 teams both made the 
2009 All- Louisiana Track and Field 

Junior hurdler Mike Hill's best 
of 13.95 in the 110 ranked him sec- 
ond in the state and naming him to 
the 2009 All-Louisiana track and 

field team along side fellow NSU 
competitors Dejon Griffin, Cody Fil- 
linich and Corey Jones. 

Corey Jones was joined by se- 
niors Chris Pearson and Jessica 
Tuck, and sophomores Andrea War- 
ren and Greg Hall as the five of them 
made the 2009 Southland Confer- 
ence All-Academic Teams for track 
and field and cross country. 

The Demons track and field 
team will try to add to the talent with 
new recruits, Wayne Douglas, Kirstie 
Jones, and Joshua Cradell. 

All three are standouts in their 
specialties with Douglas and Jones 
being champions in their events. 

Head Coach Jennifer Graf an- 
nounced a new face for the lady de- 
mons basketball team this summer. 

East Mississippi Community 
college point guard Kottia White will 
dawn the purple and white as a lady 

White's team finished 25-7 in 
the 2008-09 season and won the 
Mississippi Association of Junior 
and Community Colleges (MACJC) 
North Division regular- season title 
and NJCAA Region 23 Tournament 

The men's basketball team add- 
ed two junior college standouts, hop- 
ing to help the team out. 

Head Coach Michael McCona- 
thy announced Will Pratt and Devon 
Baker will be joining the team. 

Baker, a junior guard was a first- 
team All-Western JUCO Athletic 

Pratt, a 6'5, 220 power forward 
averaged 10.1 points per game and 
5.7 rebounds per game. 

For Pratt, the preparation over 
the summer has made him really ex- 
cited about the season. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 

Demetra White looks to lead the Lady Demons back to the SLC 
tourney this upcoming season. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 
Michael Mcconathy (14), along with two new recruits look to get the 
Demons back on top of the SLC. 


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Change has been a common 
theme around NSU lately. There 
have been building renovations, 
budget cuts and now a newly rede- 
signed Internet site. 

The re-organization of the site 
is geared toward making navigation 
and finding information easier for 

"I think now, if you are in the 
role of a student, you can literally go 
into one section of the site and po- 
tentially everything you need is right 
there," said Phillip Gillis, the associ- 
ate director of academic services. 

Although there have been many 
changes, Gillis says the site is not 

The current design is a part of 
the first phase, which was completed 
in early August. 

"If you're in the role of a student, 
if there's not something that you 
need, we need to fix that, we need to 
know about it," he said. 

To encourage student participa- 
tion with the Internet site, Gillis said 
there will be polling, questionnaires 
and other promptings to the student 
body to help initiate feedback. 

Some students have already 
chimed in about the new site. 

"I think it's nice; I like the pic- 
tures," said Tanesha Hamilton, a 
senior education major. "I like how 
the buttons go across the screen. It 
makes things easy to get to." 

Junior nursing major Carlesha 
Patterson added that she also likes 
the site, but she said it takes her lon- 
ger to find certain things. 

"I was so used to the other site," 
Patterson said. "I just have to get 
used to where everything is." 

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The layout of NSU's new Internet site is meant to be both aesthetically pleasing and easy to 
navigate, said Phillip Gillis, the associate director of academic services. 

Along with student involve- 
ment, Gillis says it's also important 
to serve the entire NSU community, 
from the public side, to the faculty. 

He says confusion reduction 
and basic organization were some of 
the goals in re-creating the Internet 

Associate English professor, Ju- 
lie Kane agrees that the new site is 
more organized 

"I went to the registrar's site and 
everything was laid out in excellent 
organization," Kane said. 

"You could go right to the final 
exam schedule or the fall 2009 calen- 

Kane added, however, that there 
are some things, like the pictures, she 
misses about the old site. 

"I loved the [picture] with all 
of the NSU students and the one of 
downtown Natchitoches," Kane said. 
"I thought they were very beauti- 
ful and presented NSU and Natchi- 
toches in a very good light." 

Along with the new Internet 
site, Gillis explained that he and his 

staff are also working on a mobile 
initiative that will provide an addi- 
tional method of giving course, fee 
and general university information 
via mobile devices. 

Gillis says as long as he and his 
staff are positioned to react to the 
needs and desires of the NSU com- 
munity, the features set will continue 
to evolve. 

"The needs the students have 
today, they'll change tomorrow," he 
said. "So, we're trying to be proactive 
about it and respond real quickly." 

SGA executive branch getting their feet wet 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

SGA President Kayla Wingfield said she recognizes that the 
students in her executive branch are inexperienced, but is 
confident in each of their abilities. 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Due to having a completely new 
executive board, Student Govern- 
ment Association President Kayla 
Wingfield said the organization does 
not plan to tackle any major or con- 
troversial issues right off the bat. 

"I'm hoping to keep things small 
at first," Wingfield said. 

Wingfield and the rest of the ex- 
ecutive board took office last semes- 
ter, and Wingfield said they are cur- 
rently taking some time to transition 
into their new roles. 

Because of the work of Cody 
Bourque, last year's president of 
SGA, Wingfield said this year the 
organization will be able to do their 
jobs more smoothly. 

"Cody's executive board and 

senate worked out a lot of SGAs in- 
ternal problems, so this year we can 
go and really focus on serving the 
students," Wingfield said. 

In their last meeting on Mon- 
day, the SGA voted on and approved 
two bills concerning the duties of the 
organization's vice president and stu- 
dent loans. 

The first bill passed, Bill FA09- 
001, now gives the SGA vice presi- 
dent the specific duty to serve as a 
liaison to the university's Recognized 
Student Organizations. 

SGA Vice President Mathew 
Morrison explained during the 
meeting that a primary motivator 
for the bill is the state's cuts in higher 
education's budget. 

Morrison said he feels RSO's 
need a designated person that the 
organizations' leaders and members 
can go to and find answers to any 
questions they may, in particular 
pertaining to how the budget cuts 
will affect the RSO's. 

The Senate also passed Bill 
FA09-002, which increased the 
maximum amount of money a stu- 
dent can borrow from the SGA's loan 
system to $100. The previous maxi- 
mum was $75. 

SGA Treasurer Shanice Major 
said she thinks the increase is neces- 
sary because the previous maximum 
of $75 was set up in the 1980s, and 
since then, minimum wage has in- 
creased significantly. 

Although some senators were 
concerned that increasing the maxi- 
mum amount might result in stu- 
dents having more trouble paying 
back the loans, Major said in the past 
there have been no problems of that 
nature and that she is confident there 
will continue to be no problems in 
the future. 

Major added that if a student 
fails to repay a loan within 30 days a 
$5 late fee will be charged, and even- 
tually a hold will be placed on the 
student's account. 

The budget set aside for the SGA 
loan system is around $66,000 and is 
self-sustaining by the means of a $1 
interest rate, Major said. 

In the past, not many students 
have taken advantage of the loan sys- 
tem, but Major said with proper pro- 
motion, she believes that will change 
this academic year. 

Other issues that will be ad- 
dressed this semester are implement- 
ing an effective online voting system, 
improving the university's Demon 
Discount service and increasing 
Watson Library's hours of operation, 
Wingfield said. 

Last year's executive board vot- 
ed to reduce their own scholarships 
and give it back to the SGA's budget 
to serve the students. 

When asked if this year's execu- 
tive board is going to look into doing 
something similar, Wingfield said 
that is an issue that she and her ex- 
ecutive board have not yet addressed 
in great detail. 

Wingfield said she would per- 
sonally be willing to give up part of 
her scholarship next semester, but 
said she is not sure if the rest of the 
executive board feels the same way. 

"It is something I would like to 
look into, but it is currently on the 
backburner to other issues," Wing- 
field said. 

Wingfield explained that the 
changes she plans to make this year 
within the SGA will be subde and 

"I don't see anything major that 
needs to be fixed," Wingfield said. 
"You are, however, going to see more 
delegation within the Senate." 

As of Monday, the SGA is com- 
posed of 22 senators, and Wingfield 
said that although many are new 
members, they are highly motivated 
and hard workers. 

"The Senate has a tremendous 
work ethic, which makes me very 
optimistic about the upcoming year," 
Wingfield said. 

Big changes 

in old 

Joe Cunningham 


NSU's department of journalism 
is underway with the revamp to their 
curriculum to fit the ever growing 
and changing media. 

Students entering the journal- 
ism program when this change takes 
place would no longer choose a con- 
centration of journalism to study, 
but instead will go into a media stud- 
ies program. 

The department decided to drop 
their accreditation and give students 
a greater freedom in choosing their 
journalism classes. 

The media studies program will 
tear down the barriers that have ex- 
isted between broadcast, newsprint 
and public relations and give stu- 
dents a buffet-style method of learn- 
ing journalism. 

Students already in the program 
will remain unaffected. 

The changes will only apply to 
incoming students the semester the 
change is official. 

Rather than taking all classes 
pertaining to broadcast or news- 
print, a student will take the depart- 
ment's core courses and then take 21 
hours in journalism electives. 

It's a huge increase from the six 
hours of electives current and past 
journalism students have had to 

The electives will include previ- 
ously required classes for the differ- 
ent concentrations, like advanced 
TV reporting and news writing. 

There is one caveat, according to 
Paula Furr, head of the department 
of journalism. 

The department can't afford to 
hold classes with a low number of 

"It all depends on student inter- 
est," Furr added. 

Another change to the program 
will be a greater emphasis on enter- 
tainment technologies. 

"We do get a lot of students who 
want to go into broadcast, but don't 
want to be in front of a camera," ex- 
plained associated professor of jour- 
nalism Mary Brocato. 

Furr added to that, explaining 
that it was something they were hop- 
ing to work toward for a while now. 

"You could already see in our 
minor program how we were em- 
phasizing production and all the 
technologies involved in that." 

Essentially, the program offers 
core classes ranging from media 
writing to basic television techniques 
to communication law. 

After taking those courses, 
a student is free to take whatever 
classes they want (provided there 
are enough students in the class for 
it to remain available, as mentioned 

"This means that a student can 
pretty much build their degree," said 

The change will take place as of 
this fall semester, after getting the 
approval of a board that met on Au- 
gust 25 to review the new curricu- 
lum, said Furr. 

But a new in-class curriculum 
isn't the only big change. 

The department has already got- 
ten approved for an online/distance 
learning degree. 

"There are a lot of students that 
want to get a journalism degree, but 
can't make it to campus because of 
jobs or their families," Furr said. 

The online degree program will 
be catered to the growing online 
presence NSU has been working to- 
ward over the years. 

Between the new online pro- 
gram and the brand new curriculum 
for on-campus students, the depart- 
ment is making a change 

"It's an exciting time for journal- 
ism," Furr said. 


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News Editor 
September 2, 2009 

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Good food, good friends and a 
good.. .hookah? 

This idea might seem unusual 
to some NSU students and Natchi- 
toches residents, but not to a new en- 
trepreneur in the city, Abdel Muqbel 
or "Abe." 

Muqbel is one of the newest 
business owners here in Natchi- 
toches with his venture of starting 
a hookah cafe on College Avenue in 
the building next to the Pi Kappa Phi 
fraternity house. 

Aladdin's Hookah Cafe, as it will 
be called, is going to be both a res- 
taurant and hookah bar combined. 

Muqbel's son, Akram will be as- 
sisting him in his new establishment. 
This is not an unfamiliar establish- 
ment to other places such as New 
York, where Muqbel worked for 
more than 20 years. 

While there, he spent time man- 
aging several different nightclubs 
and also experienced many of the 
hookah cafes around the areas he 

Muqbel says that, "it appeals to 
the younger generation," and feels 
that the college crowd in Natchi- 
toches would enjoy such an estab- 

He hopes for the cafe to be taste- 
fully new to appease to the students 
of NSU. 

The cafe will have a nightclub, 
lounge setting and serve food cooked 
in the new full-service kitchen that is 
being constructed in the building. 

The food menu will be differ- 
ent than most other restaurants in 
Natchitoches, offering a more Medi- 


Photo by Andrew Bordelon/ The Current Sauce 

Muqbel expects to open his hookah bar and restaurant for business in three weeks. 

terranean style cuisine, but will still 
serve American style food and veg- 
etarian dishes. 

Prices will be reasonable, and 
many of the sandwiches and other 
selections will be under six or seven 

The hookah will be a bit pricier 
than the food; however, it will still be 
reasonable and served as a wide vari- 
ety of flavors. 

The hookahs used at the cafe 
will also be imported from overseas 
and hand-made, making the experi- 
ence even more unique. 

Aladdin's Hookah Cafe will 
serve 30 different flavors of the to- 

bacco used for smoking hookah. 

Muqbel's services will not only 
involve serving hookah products, 
but also include educating custom- 
ers about them as well, with facts like 
the 0% content of nicotine and tar 
in the tobacco used when smoking 

Some students have already ex- 
pressed an interest in the new cafe, 
such as sophomore business ma- 
jor Erin Heider, who said that she, 
"would give it a try." 

Having tried hookah before, 
Heider said she is not against the 
idea of Natchitoches having a hoo- 
kah cafe, but is interested to see if it 

can endure longer than other new 
businesses have in the city. 

Since Louisiana has laws that 
prohibit the use of any form of to- 
bacco in an establishment that serves 
food, there will be rooms that are 
separated from the rest of the cafe to 
keep both smokers and non-smokers 

This is not to say that customers 
who choose to enjoy the flavored to- 
bacco products will be cast out while 
they are there. 

The rooms used for smoking 
hookah will be closed off by win- 
dows and a glass doors, so as not to 
make the customers feel as if they are 

being secluded from everyone else. 

There will also be air purifiers in 
the cafe to ensure there will not be a 
build-up of smoke that would bother 
any customers. 

The hookah rooms, as well as 
the rest of the cafe area, will have 
big- screen televisions to entertain 

Muqbel said he is also plan- 
ning on scheduling several different 
events to entice customers, such as 
an open microphone night for sing- 
ing, socializing or comedy a comedy- 

Being the poker player he is, 
Muqbel also hopes to have poker 
tournaments there too once he is fin- 
ished thoroughly checking the legal- 
ity concerning such events. 

A product Muqbel will not be 
serving though is alcohol. 

"I don't drink," Muqbel said. "I 
would rather not sell alcohol." 

He hopes for this to be an al- 
ternative spot for students and have 
a good time without the serving of 

He added, however, that he is 
open to suggestions, and if the ma- 
jority of his customers have a con- 
tinuous request for alcohol to be sold 
then he will probably consider it. 

Sophomore early childhood ed- 
ucation major Mary Escott is inter- 
ested in experiencing the new cafe, 
but questions whether or not it will 

"Natchitoches is a college town," 
Escott said. "After they try it at least 
once, it might not be popular to stu- 
dents if they don't serve alcohol." 

Muqbel said he expects Alad- 
din's Hookah Cafe to open for busi- 
ness in about three weeks. 

'Home, sweet home' for two NSU organizations 

Sarah Person 

Staff Reporter 

For the Baptist Collegiate Min- 
istry and the ladies of Phi Mu Fra- 
ternity a dream is now a reality with 
the construction of their new homes 
away from home. 

Phi Mu has relocated next door 
to the Kappa Sigma Fraternity house. 
They were located on Greek Hill, but 
the house was in disrepair according 
to Phi Mu President Rachel McCali- 

Phi Mu still owns the house on 
Greek Hill, but it is no longer in use. 
The new location was determined by 
a lottery Phi Mu entered for a lot on 
Chaplain's Lake. 

Originally, the lot assigned to 
the sorority was in a location further 
down from the Kappa Sigma house, 
McCalister said. 

"The university told us that if we 
would trade lots for the one we are 
on now they would pave the park- 
ing lot, and so we graciously traded," 
McCalister said. 

The Kappa Iota chapter here at 
NSU has had money gaining interest 
in an account for many years dedi- 
cated to the construction of a new 
house for the ladies. 

With the help of a group of 
alumni and parents who cosigned 
for the sorority, the organization was 
able to begin construction. 

"This house would not have 
been made possible without the help 
of a great group of alums lead by 
Miss Angela Lasyone, who has been 
there every step of the way through 
the building process," McCalister 


National Pan-Hellenic Recruit- 
ment is Sept. 4-6 and the house will 
serve as an asset, but McCaliser notes 
what really is important. 

"Having a new house is a won- 
derful addition for our chapter, but 
a house does not make a chapter," 
McCalister said. "It is the wonderful 
women belonging to the chapter that 
help make it a success." 

Other members are excited as 


Brittany Pippin, Miss Lady of 
the Bracelet and a Phi Mu, said she 
is eager for the organization to get 
settled in the house. 

"I am absolutely thrilled about 
the new Phi Mu house," Pippin said. 
"This is something that Phi Mu has 
been working towards for many 
years, and to finally have a place to 
call our own is really like a dream 
come true." 

The BCM, after having meet- 
ings in the Friedman Student Union 
Alley for four years, now has their 
own building located at 500 Caspari 

The previous BCM building was 
located across the street from the 
Watson Library parking lot, between 
Smoothie King and Campus Corner. 

Now, BCM members said they 
are enthused to have their own space. 
Amber Evans, Residential Caretaker 
of the BCM, lives at the building 
with roommate Ashley Luckett. 

Their duties are to keep the 
building clean and maintained at all 
times, and that compensates their 

Evans said she likes what the 
BCM represents especially since it is 

her home away from home. 

"We kind of want to be known 
as a place where you can come in and 
have a good atmosphere," Evans said. 
The BCM is open throughout the 
day so students came come relax, 
play a game of pool or watch a big 
screen television. There is also a 
prayer room that students are wel- 
come to use. 

Phyllis Collins, Administrative 
Assistant for the BCM, wants every- 
one to fed welcome and use their 

"My new saying is 'own the 
building,'" Collins said. "I had a stu- 
dent ask to play pool so I told him 
that it is his building, so take of ad- 
vantage of it all." 

Collin's husband, Bill, serves as 
Director of the BCM. He attributes 
success of the BCM to his wife. They 
keep the BCM running and love the 

Bill Collins is glad that the stu- 
dents have a place to gather. 

"[It is] more than a student 
union, not just a meeting facility or 
a place for leisure," he said. 

Before the BCM had this new 
building, they had to schedule in 
advance to have meetings in the stu- 
dent union, but now Bill Collins said 
they are free to meet whenever they 

Funds for the building came 
from Louisiana Baptists as well as the 
sale of the previous building which 
sold for $500,000. The working bud- 
get was $829,000 with every square 
foot at $82. Construction was done 
by Baptist Builders. 

The BCM is debt free since the 
building was paid in cash. 

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Above: The ladies of Phi Mu hope to use their new home as 
recruiting tool to attract new pledges. 
Below: The new BCM building features pool tables, a prayer 
room and big screen television. 


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The recycling station outside of Kyser Hall. 

University's green thumb: 

Environmental awarenes at NSU 

Shelita Dalton 

Staff Reporter 

The going green trend is alive 
and well on campus. 

According to a press release, 
NSU has been named one of four 
charter university members of the 
Louisiana Department of Environ- 
mental Quality's Environmental 
Leadership Program. 

It all started when Steve Grues- 
beck, director of Service-Learning, 
got a phone call. 

"I got a phone call from Nathan 
Mills who is one of the administra- 
tors there [Department of Environ- 
mental Qualities Leadership Pro- 
gram], and said he was interested 
in inviting universities and colleges 
to participate in the environmental 
leadership program," he said. 

"I think it was toward the end 
of the Spring 2009 and I had not yet 
heard about the program." 

The environmental leadership 
program is a voluntary program in 
which colleges, universities, schools 
and corporations can volunteer to 
participate in. 

Members simply agree with the 
philosophy of having a cleaner and 
better environment for Louisiana. 

The program at NSU has been 
on the move and students are already 
noticing the changes. 

"I've seen [Going Green] signs 

and recycle bins," said sophomore 
Tara Luck, a Liberal Arts major in 
the Scholars College. 

"I think it's good and we should 
do more because there are a lot of 
easy things that can be done to help 
the environment." 

Gruesbeck says one of the big- 
gest things the program has done so 
far was to begin their plans of recy- 
cling in the spring of last year. 

"During last fall we were quite 
close to purchasing the bins and then 
we had the big budget cuts and that 
was one of the things that got taken 
off of the table," he said. 

"In February, the city began their 
recycling program and throughout 
the Spring we worked very hard to 
figure out ways in which we could 
find a little bit of money to get the 
recycling bins on campus." 

Grusebeck says if a student is in- 
terested in joining the program they 
can simply join by starting. 

"There isn't a recognized stu- 
dent organization at this time that is 
stricdy Northwestern green; instead 
it's just a movement that I would like 
for students to participate in," he 

The easiest ways to start par- 
ticipating are to walk more and drive 
less, recycle and throw plastic paper, 
aluminum and cardboard into the 
blue recycling bins that are in each of 
the buildings on campus. 

Photo by Shelita Dalton/The Current Sauce 
Director of Service-Learning and Coordinator of the Northwestern Green 
Initiative Steven Gruesbeck posing i nhis office. 

Random Facts 

In the average lifetime, a person will walk the 
equivalent of 5 times around the equator. 

The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number 
of varieties of pickles the company once had. 

One quater of the bones in your are in your feet. 

The word "nerd" was first coined by Dr. Seuss in "If I 
Ran the Zoo." 

courtesy of 

Sick of bad news? 

Student's express concerns 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Reporter 

"I'm scared," sophomore theater 
major Cami Ambeau said. 

Her words echo many students 

With winter and prospects of 
the flu season right around the cor- 
ner, many NSU students are afraid of 
the possible outbreak of the H1N1 
virus, most commonly known as 
swine influenza. 

"Colds are spread around dorms 
all the time," Ambeau added. 

Extended press coverage from 
the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention is declaring a state of 
Louisiana pandemic, which is broad- 
casted frequently, possibly fueling 
worry within the public. 

A recent article published by the 
New York Times cited a case where 
most of Tulane University's football 
team and other members involved 
with athletics had contracted H1N1 
within a week. 

The article continues to say, 
"Health experts say college athletes 
are perfect candidates for the swine 

"NSU has been busy doing its 
part in preparing for the worst," RN, 
C and Director of Health Services 
Stephanie Campbell said. 

"We are very concerned about 
[an outbreak]," Campbell said. 

Campbell has been helping with 
NSU's the Pandemic Infectious Dis- 
ease Response Plan. 

"Currently we are in Phase 3: 
Activated when a suspected or con- 
firmed case(s) of human-to-human 
transmission of pandemic disease is 
found in Louisiana,' according to the 
NSU Twitter page (http://alert.nsula. 
edu/new-twitterpage)," said Camp- 

So far, no confirmed cases of 
students infected with H1N1 have 
been recorded for NSU." 

For the entire state of Louisiana 
there have been 579 confirmed cases 
and three deaths, according to the 

"I think we are as prepared as we 
can possibly be," Campbell said. 

"Campus housing is not neces- 
sarily worried about an outbreak of 
the virus," CLB Director of Housing 
Stephanie Dyjack said. 

"We're just using general pre- 
cautions to educate students on what 
to do. In the event of an outbreak, 
campus housing would follow orders 
from NSU or NSU Health Services. 

"We of course would do what's 
best for the community," Dyjack 

Dyjack also said University 
Place staff makes soap or hand sani- 
tizer available in common areas and 
sanitizes surfaces often. 

"They also keep flyers posted 
around the premises to keep stu- 
dents educated," Dyjack said. 

Dyjack also expressed campus 
housing will be ready to follow any 
procedure and precautions set down 
by NSU and Health Services. 

"[Currently] no students have 
expressed any concern about a po- 
tential outbreak," Dyjack said. 

The National Strategic Stockpile 
will have vaccinations available to 
students as soon as possible and they 
will be free to the students. 

"We have an agreement with the 
state of Louisiana to receive vaccines 
and distribute them to students, 
faculty, staff and family members," 
Campbell said. 

Students who think they are ex- 
periencing symptoms of H1N1 are 
urged to visit Health Services imme- 

Symptoms are similar to the 
regular flu and include fever, cough, 
sore throat, body aches, headache, 
chills and fatigue. 

"However, in order to be tested 
for H1N1 a student must first test 
positive for influenza A and be sick 

Photo Illustration by Tori Ladd/The Current Sauce 

enough to be hospitalized," Camp- 
bell said. 

"Once a student is confirmed to 
have the virus, they will be asked to 
go home or stay at least six feet away 
from their roommates." 

If a student shows signs of be- 
ing sick, Health Services may ask a 
student to remain isolated, a recom- 
mendation Campbell says students 
should take more seriously. 

The main difference between 
the H1N1 virus and the seasonal flu 
is the age group affected, Campbell 

H1N1 generally affect people 
ages 6 to 26. 

In most instances, it is severe 
or fatal in children six and younger, 
pregnant women and anyone with 
underlying health conditions or a 
compromised immune system. 

Anyone can contract the virus 
just by coming within six feet of an 
infected person or eating or drinking 
after them. 

Campbell highly encourages 
students to receive the seasonal flu 
vaccine as well as the H IN 1 vaccine 
when made available. 

"I think students have the power 
to avoid contracting the disease," 
Campbell said. 

The CDC website assures a vac- 
cine will be available in the fall, but 
does not provide much information 
on the vaccine itself. 

The CDC are/is also tracking 
outbreaks of the influenza and post- 
ing updates regularly. 

Each week CDC analyzes infor- 
mation about influenza disease ac- 
tivity in the United States and pub- 
lishes findings of key flu indicators in 
a report called Flu View, according to 

Also the CDC reported during 
the week of Aug. 16-22 a review of 
these key indictors found that influ- 
enza activity is either stable, or is in- 
creasing in some areas." 

The CDC website recommends 
covering your nose when you sneeze, 
washing your hands regularly and 
staying home if you are sick to pre- 
vent the spread of germs. 

For more information on H1N1 
vsit NSU's pandemic site at http:// 

According to Director of Health Services 
Stephanie Campbell, RN-BC 

To avoid H1N1: 

- Wash your hands often with soap and 
water, especially before meals 

- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers 

- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve 

- Avoid sharing food, drinks, or cigarettes 

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth 

- Get immunized when a vaccine is 

Symptoms for H1N1: 

- Fever over 100 degrees 
~ Cough or sore throat 

~ Headache 

- Chills 

* Body aches 

- Fatigue 

- Diarrhea and vomiting (occassionaly 

If you feel sick or think you have 
any of these symptoms: 

" Contact your primary care physician 

- Contact Health Services at 318-357-5351 
or visit the clinic at 315 Caspari Street 

- If your health care provider has 
advised you that you might have HI N1 
Influenza and 

have recommended isolation, 
contact Health Services at 318-357-5351. 

Stay Informed: 

- Check NSU's website for news regarding 
classes, events, and activities. 

- Pay attention to official NSU emails 
regarding the flu. 



Tori Ladd 
Life Editor 
September 2, 2009 

Photo by Tori Ladd/The Current Sauce 

Freshman Nursing major, Sarah Moody throwing away a 
plastic bottle in the new blue recycling bin. 

Blue bins are in 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Reporter 

Things around campus are start- 
ing to look a little greener, or rather a 
little bluer. 

Since last fall, the "greenNSU" 
initiative has been in full swing and 
finding new ways to make the cam- 
pus more environmentally friendly. 

The latest update in the initiative 
has been the addition of blue recy- 
cling bins around the campus. 

Each building has at least one 
blue bin while buildings with eleva- 
tors have one per floor. 

Faculty members have also been 
given small desk-side recycling bins 
so they can practice recycling as well. 

Students and faculty will be able 
to place paper, plastic bottles, alumi- 
num cans and cardboard inside the 
blue bins. 

"I think faculty and staff are very 
excited about it," said Steve Grues- 
beck, director of service learning 
and coordinator of the Northwestern 
Green Initiative. 

Currently, the large blue re- 
cycling bins are emptied once per 
week, though they may be emptied 
more frequently in the near future 
depending on their popularity. 

Faculty that have the small 
desk-side bins have to empty them 
themselves into a large blue one, in 
lieu of budget cuts. 

In conjunction with the blue 
bins, there are many recycling bins 
that were adopted last fall by recog- 
nized student organizations (RSO) 
and were spread around campus. 

Gruesbeck will be hosting a 
First Year Success Series Workshop 
Oct. 29 about the "greenNSU" initia- 
tive and will be asking students what 
"green" means to them. 

"I am very interested in figuring 
out ways we can practice in green 
themes," Gruesbeck said. 

"Other ways students can con- 

tribute to the initiative is by walking 
or riding bikes to class and around 

"In the future, more service 
learning opportunities will be avail- 
able for students that are interested 
in helping the environment, includ- 
ing a Public Relations (PR) cam- 
paign to promote recycling," Grues- 
beck said. 

Gruesbeck is hoping the recy- 
cling campaign they will be pushing 
will eventually become one of the 
many things they promote in the fu- 

NSU will be hosting a "green 
week of service" in the spring in 
conjunction with Keep Natchitoches 

Gruesbeck will be meeting with 
community leaders to hopefully 
establish new recycling projects. 

"An underground electric proj- 
ect monitors the usage of electricity 
in the buildings and will aid NSU in 
conserving energy," Gruesbeck said. 

Gruesbeck also mentioned that 
renovations and upgrades on the 
steam lines are predicted to take 
place to renovate and upgrade the 
current steam lines. 

The City of Natchitoches Keep 
Natchitoches Beautiful and Natchi- 
toches Parish Sheriff's Office will be 
sponsoring a phone book recycling 
event in September for fifth graders 
in the area. 

Gruesbeck hopes to get involve- 
ment from NSU students and en- 
courages students and RSOs to con- 
tact him at 357-59 1 1 or sgruesbeck@ for more information on 
the project. 

Also department of health and 
human performance is also collect- 
ing used ink cartridges, laser toners 
and old cell phones for the green 

All of the proceeds will go to- 
ward health promotion and health 
education activities and programs. 



Saul Carcamo, forigen 
echange student from 

-The enviornment 
at NSU is socaible. All 
of the people are very 

Hunter Bower, freshman 
journalism major. 

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so far. I'm still trying to 
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Some people go out into their 
communities to help out those in 
need. Soup kitchens, recycling and 
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Some people, like Teresa Hav- 
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Havenar, a social work gradu- 
ate of NSU in 2007, is currently in 
Bryanka, Ukraine, teaching young 
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one of her teachers, Barb Pierce, she 
decided to do something different 
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"Mrs. Pierce was always encour- 
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Havenar originally hoped to 


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Havenar is a youth development 
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Be Frank: color outside the lines 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 

One. Two. Three. 

It doesn't mat- 
ter what floor of 
Kyser I'm on. I 
always count the 
third stall from the 
end when I use the 
bathroom. It is so 
pathetic that I even get upset when 
the stall is occupied or out of order 
or missing toilet paper so I need to 
use a different one. 

It isn't that the stall has the best 
graffiti or the toilet is remotely clean- 
er. Hell, they are all pretty much dis- 
gusting. But it is a habit. 

We all have these quirks or hab- 
its we perform daily. Some have to 
pee in a certain stall, others need to 
sit in a specific part of the classroom 
and some need to put a specific shoe 
on before the other. 

There is no explanation for these 
quirks or habits. They are just what 
they are. 

But there is a difference between 
exercising a habit and not exercising 
your mind. As a society, we are ad- 
verse to change. We allow ourselves 
to become consumed in daily expec- 
tations and we fail to reach beyond 

societal limits. 

But who can blame us? 

Since childhood, we are taught 
that it is wrong to color outside the 
lines or make the tree blue and the 
sky orange. 

We are raised to accept things as 
they are, and we struggle to find the 
strength to go outside the fines and 
make a difference. 

We think that because we can 
quote Robert Frost's "The Road Less 
Taken" that we have stood up to "the 
man," when in reality, all we have 
done is misinter- 

pret a beautiful 
poem and joined 
a fad. 

There is a 
difference be- 
tween standing up for what you be- 
lieve in and wearing a shirt because 
you think it speaks louder than your 

There are students — not every 
student, but some — who walk the 
halls wearing Obama shirts who 
haven't the foggiest idea what his po- 
litical platform concerns. There are 
folks who join every Facebook cause 
that crosses their desktop but fail to 
take the time to "pass it forward" or 
do anything with it. 

But maybe that is all it takes. 

"There is a difference between 
exercising a habit and not 
exercising your mind. " 

Perhaps if everyone wore a T- 
shirt with a saying or phrase they 
know nothing about and joined ev- 
ery Facebook cause out there then 
the world would be a better place. 
Perhaps world hunger would end 
just because you decided to click "ac- 
cept" or pay the $10 at Wal-mart for 
your political tee. 

Perhaps all it takes is the sim- 
plicity of a T-shirt or Facebook cause 
to make a difference. 

Or maybe, just maybe, it takes a 
little bit more. 

should not go 
and "fight the 
bigger fight" be- 
cause you think 
you should be 
fighting, but you should go and fight 
a fight worth fighting for. Do more 
than become a robot confined by so- 
cietal limitations. Learn to defy the 
rules and color outside the lines. 

The thing about rules, you 
should know and learn them. But af- 
ter you do, you should learn how and 
when to break them. 

My only request: don't color 
outside the lines when you use the 
bathroom. Some habits are OK to 
keep, and no one wants to sit in your 


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Opinionated Spirits: ID please 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Columnist 

After finishing 
a long shift of work 
and time-consum- 
ing homework, my 
mouth waters for a 
cold drink. 

A few beers after 
a long day or a strong whiskey and 
coke after a stressful ordeal will do 
the trick. However, some thirsty taste 
buds and dreadful livers are eluded 
from this satisfaction when students 
pull up to the liquor store. 

"ID please" is a phrase that will 
bring heartbreak to any underage 
college student. 

I would certainly consider the 
US the most advanced country in 
the world in many aspects, such as 
our technology, 
military and gov- 
ernment (for the 
most part, of course). 

We are, I'm afraid to say, far 
from advanced in the way we are 
raised to drink. The drinking culture 
in America is unique but also con- 
fusing. We are considered too imma- 
ture to drink before we are 21, but we 
must follow a set of social guidelines 
to be considered mature once we are 
of legal age to drink. 

It seems as if when a person of 
legal drinking age continues to have 
more than one or two drinks, he is 

considered to have a problem. So 
even if a person waits to take a sip 
of alcohol until he is legally able to 
drink, he must follow a set of rules 
about how much he can drink. 

Some countries raise their youth 
in a drinking-friendly environ- 
ment, which 
could eliminate 
the usual curios- 
ity that lingers 
among American 
youth when deal- 
ing with alcohol. 

So many young Americans 
grow up with such little knowledge 
of drinking that it often leads their 
booze-driven experimentations to 
have fatal outcomes. 

If we could embrace drinking 
the way other countries do then per- 
haps we would have less of these un- 
derage hinging 

The simple cure is education." accidents. The 

consequences of 
underage drink- 
ing curiosity are as productive as 
an uneducated child playing with 
matches, but it is also as easy to fix as 
that too. 

The simple cure is education. 
Our country's greatest fault 
when it comes to drinking is our lack 
of alcohol education. All we seem 
to learn are the negative aspects of 
drinking from organizations like 
Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 
According to MADD, in 2007 

"Nothing breaks my heart 
more than a happy and slightly 
excessive drinker being called 
the "A" word." 

there were approximately 5,000 
deaths that were alcohol related. 
Statistics like this, as well as the lack 
of details, are useful tools for orga- 
nizations like MADD to create the 
negative attitude they wish to por- 
tray on indulging in this seemingly 
forbidden nectar. 

We are told that 
if we continue to 
drink more than 
socially allowed 
then we are not 
as mature as we 
should be. Some argue to change 
our national drinking age. I argue to 
change our national drinking per- 

The reason America considers 
it inappropriate to drink in excess 
is because it is against our norms. 
Therefore, when someone drinks 
more than the socially acceptab'e 
amount they tend to not be viewed 

Nothing breaks my heart more 
than a happy and slightiy excessive 
drinker being called the "A" word. 

If we change our oudook on 
drinking, however, then perhaps one 
day we will not view excessive con- 
sumption of alcohol with a frown or 

Maybe one day we can view 
drinking with a more positive, opti- 
mistic set of open arms that will do 
away with the negative undertones 
that often follow it today. 

Red vs Blue: Prayer in School 

Hunter Bower 

Guest Columnist 

Webster's Dictionary defines 
prayer as a simple request or petition 
to God or a god. 

It is a person's 24/7 hotline to his 
or her Creator. 

In the past couple of years the 
government has made it very clear 
that a student should keep his or her 
beliefs to themselves. 

Our "Founding Fathers" es- 
caped the clutches of a fiery English 
king to grant their people the free- 
dom to worship "the one" that gave 
his one and only begotten son for 
our sins. 

This same country in a petition 
to King George III described that 
all men, who are created equal, are 
endowed by their Creator with cer- 
tain unalienable rights. This country 
in 1954 proposed and passed before 
Congress that the words "under 
God" be added to the Pledge of Al- 

Now our government is saying 
that praying to God in a public place, 
such as schools, is ethically wrong. 
It has become pretty obvious that a 
person's freedom has been violated. 

Some people in our nation's 
capitol may not 


and do not rely on your own under- 

think they have 
violated rights, 
but this coun- 
try, which was 
founded upon Christian principles, 
has now become a nation in which 
God doesn't even matter anymore. 
Sunday was once a day of rest, but 
now it has become a day to work a 
lot, party more and sleep less. 

The government has watered 
down religion so much that people 
do not answer to God anymore. This 
country has become a place in which 
people do what they think is best for 
themselves and disregard others. 

The Bible says to "trust in God 

But which authority do we 
rely on — the government 
or God?" 

B u t 
which authority 
do we rely on — 
the government 
or God? 
We have been taught that if we 
don't agree with the beliefs of some- 
one else then we should cut them 
down and take away their freedoms 
as well. Now we all know that even 
Christians are not perfect and that 
we do the same things as well. 

But if a teacher wants to lead 
his or her students in prayer before 
class they should have that right. If a 
school wants to say a prayer before a 
sporting event then they should have 

by Bethany Frank/The Current Sauce 
that right. 

And if you don't agree with it, 
then I say you have the freedom to 
get up out of your seat and walk out- 
side or to walk out of that sports fa- 
cility and go home. 

In the end, all of the fuss and 
arguments will be brought to long 
drawn out court debates to say that 
it's not fair for a child to have to listen 
to a prayer that they don't believe in. 

All I pray is for people not to 
look at the government for guidance, 
but to look at God for guidance. 

All I ask is that you look inside 
your heart and ask yourself "What is 
right?" As for politicians, reach 
into your pocket, pull out a quarter 
and read the front of it. 


Heath Boddie 

Guest Columnist 

"Please bow your head for a mo 
ment of prayer before the game be- 

We all have heard these words 
spoken at some point in our lives 
whether being at a little league or 
high school football game, especially 
if we hail from a state located below 
the Mason-Dixon line. 

Whether or not this moment of 
prayer at a publicly funded school 
event should be allowed or not is 
something that has been debated in 
one form or another since the origi- 
nal 13 colonies declared their inde- 
pendence from the British Monarch. 

by Bethany Frank/The Current Sauce 
Should the government actively 
support, or even inactively support, 
a particular faith over another by al- 
lowing the prayer 
in public schools 
to be led by 
school personnel 
and only allow- 
ing one particular 
style of prayer to 
be said and not allowing any other? 

The answer to this is no. The 
government should not be doing 
this, ever. 

President Jefferson wrote a letter 
in 1802 to a group of Baptist Minis- 
ters, who were at the time a minor- 
ity in the state of Connecticut. In his 
letter to the group he wrote, "Believ- 

"Ihey should not be endorsed 
by the public school system and 
have their agenda pushed onto 
people as a whole." 

ing with you that religion is a mat- 
ter which lies solely between man 
and his God, that he owes account to 
none other for his faith or his wor- 
ship. . .," showing that religion should 
be a thing between an individual and 
their God, not a threesome involving 
the individual, God and the govern- 

The First Amendment to the 
United States Constitution states 
"Congress shall make no law respect- 
ing an establishment of religion, or 
prohibiting the free exercise thereof." 

The establishment of religion is 
being done by schools and by exten- 
sion the government who funds the 
public school systems, which allow 
the prayer to be said at the start of 
the games or in the classrooms. 

Prayer groups and religious or- 
ganizations, such as Fellowship of 
Christian Athletes and after school 
bible study groups, should not be 
banned and legally cannot be, thank- 
fully, according to the second part of 
the First Amendment. 

But they should not be endorsed 
by the public school system and have 
their agenda pushed onto people as a 

In taking this particular stance, 
I feel that I have to say that I am not 
some atheist who hates the idea of 
faith and wants the very notion of 
organized reli- 
gion to be done 
away with by the 
human race. 

I am 
active in my 
church and ac- 
tually start confirmation classes next 
month in the Episcopal faith. 

I value the civil rights of the in- 
dividual to make the informed deci- 
sion on their own about when and 
where they want to pray and hold 
worship; not have the government 
decide for them. 


Andy Bullard 
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Sports Editor 
September 2, 2009 

Home Makeover: 

Turpin Edition 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

In the wake of NSU's financial 
crisis, there was loss of scholar- 
ship funding as well as more than 
$700,000 cut from the athletic bud- 

So how did we manage to get a 
new football field? 

If you pass by Turpin Stadium, 
home of Demon Football, you will 
see more than just a fresh coat of 

You will see an entirely new 
state of the art football field that was 
installed this summer. 

The idea of having a new field 
at a time where three-fourths of the 
janitorial staff was cut is making 
people wonder how the athletic de- 
partment got the money for such an 

"The funding for the new turf 
came from appropriations from the 
State of Louisiana", said Associate 
Director of Athletics William Brous- 


Broussard also added that there 
is a pervasive misconception that de- 
partments across campus have been 
defunded in order to prop up the 
athletic department. 

Broussard said that this is pa- 
tently false. 

"Not one dollar of this project 
was provided from university capital 
ouday/capital expenditure." 

Athletic Director Greg Burke 
explained that all projects including 
the scoreboard and fencing projects 
are all self generated not using uni- 
versity funds. 

The $1 million project also 
might have not been possible with- 
out the help of former Rep. Taylor 
Townsend and Rep. Gerald Long 

"Rep. Townsend got the ball 
rolling for the turf project and Rep. 
Long got the project to the finish 
line," Burke said 

Burke added that the city of 
Natchitoches also played a big part 
in the athletic department getting 

the funding for the project. 

The turf project, which many 
people believe came into being be- 
cause of the hiring of Coach Brad 
Peveto, has been in the making for a 
couple years. 

The old turf was installed in 
2001. Typically the life span of field 
turf is three to seven years. 

"The life time of the old turf was 
nearing its end and we are respon- 
sible for the safety of our athletes," 
Burke said 

Burke went on to say that it's not 
just for football. 

It's a marketing tool for the 
whole university. 

"This is another way for the ath- 
letic program to support the mission 
of NSU and specifically bring stu- 
dents to our campus," Burke said. 

For Junior WR Jeremy Jefferson, 
criminal justice major, the field is 
faster and feels great when coming 
in and out of cuts. 

Jefferson added that he is really 
excited to play on the field this year. 

Photo by Andy Bullard/The Current Sauce 

The new Turpin filed after its $1 million renovation, completed late this summer. 

NSU Volleyball off to a rough start 

Courtesy of Sports Info: 

It wasn't the start Northwestern 
State volleyball head coach Brittany 
Uffelman wanted to open the season, 
but after the team's 3-0 loss to Louisi- 
ana Tech, the fourth year head coach 
did see some good things. 

"There really were a lot of good 
things to take out of this match," said 
Uffelman. "I was really impressed 
with our freshmen and newcomers. 
Now we just need to see what lineup 
is going to work best for us." 

Uffelman played 10 players. An 
1 1 th, returning starter Markie Robi- 
chau, missed the game due to a viola- 
tion of team rules. 

Last year, the Lady Demons 
rarely played more than seven play- 
ers in a contest. 

That just goes to show the level 
of talent and competition this year's 
squad has. 

"It's really nice to be able to have 
depth on the bench," said Uffelman. 
"We'll get the pieces together before 
conference starts." 

On Tuesday, senior middle 
blocker Yelena Enwere was the only 
Lady Demon to get in double-digits 
in kills with a team-high U. 

Senior setter Megan Dockery 
added 27 assists while freshman Ni- 
cole Hajka led the team with 10 digs 
to go along with her five kills. 

Tech (4-1), which entered the 
game with four matches under its 
belt, won the first two sets by 25-21 
and 25-22 scores, then rallied from 
an 8-2 deficit to win 25-18. 

Kassia Pinto led the Lady Tech- 
sters with 10 kills. 

NSU helped out in many ways. 
The Lady Demons committed 27 at- 
tacking errors, had 1 1 service errors 
and five reception errors - a total of 
43 points spotting to the visitors. 

"It's early but we still have a lot 
of work to do," said Uffelman. "But 
we need to see what gels best for us." 

NSU returns to action on Friday 
at 4 when it opens play at the Oral 
Roberts Classic against Tulsa. 

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Road to Perfection: 

Lady Demons off to best start in 
school history 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

Perfection is something that all 
sports teams strive for, it's the reason 
they play the game, to be perfect. 

Well through four games of the 
season the Lady Demons Soccer 
team has done just that. They have 
been perfect. 

On its way to the best start in 
school history NSU has been perfect 
in everyway, by being tied for the 
lead in the NCAA with a 0.00 goals 
against average. 

This in part is because of the 
stellar play of junior goalkeeper 
Lindy Strahan. Strahan has played in 
289 minutes and has seven saves in 
that timeframe. 

"Lindy has been playing ex- 
tremely well for us in goal," head 
coach Jimmy Mitchell said. "Our en- 
tire defense has been playing well." 

While the defense has been 
playing lights out, the offense has 
certainly held its own, scoring 16 
goals in the four game stretch. 

In those 16 goals the Lady De- 
mons already have five players with 
multiple goals; seniors Chelsey Gibbs 
and Mandy Hall bath have three. 

While, junior Meghan Hunter, 

sophomore Kayla King and fresh- 
men Melodie Johnson each have two 
goals apiece. 

This winning streak the Lady 
Demons have been on have also gar- 
nered some national attention. Ac- 
cording to the 
Lady Demons have been ranked at 

63 in Monday's edition of the top 64 
tournament weekly rankings. 

These rankings are the best 

64 teams in the nation. 

The only other Louisiana school 
to reach the top 64 is the Grambling 
Tigers, which NSU defeated 2-0. 

They also defeated Jackson 
State 4-0, Louisiana-Monroe 5-0 and 
Southern University 6-0. 

The Lady Demons still have a bit 
of a test ahead of them before they 
start Southland Conference play. 

NSU will play host to Mississip- 
pi State this coming Sunday, and on 
Sept. 13 they will host the fifteenth 
ranked Oklahoma State here at the 
Demon Soccer Complex. 

Also, they will play the Lady Ti- 
gers of Grambling one more time in 
the Lamar Invitational. 

The Lady Demons will be in ac- 
tion this Friday in Lafayette, taking 
on the University of Louisiana-La- 

the Bull: 
My bad 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

If there is 
one thing that 
I have learned 
in my limited 
years on this 
planet, it's that 
you can't please 
everyone and 
that you can't 
remember everything. 

Both of which are very true but 
aren't a reason for my ignorance and 
memory loss in last issue's paper. 

It was brought to my attention, 
that in my last column I left out a 
very vital team to the NSU athletic 
family: the cross country team. 

I have nothing to say except I 
am sorry for my ignorance of not 
including them in the previous col- 

Having said that, it is my prom- 
ise to the fans, players and coaches of 
the cross country team, that as edi- 
tor of this fine paper's sports section 
I will do better to include them and 
I'm going to start right now. 

I'm going to start by commend- 
ing those that are on the cross coun- 
try team. 

They run those freakishly 
amount of miles and miles. To be 
honest I have a hard time running 
to the bathroom, much less miles on 

So, by no means was my forget - 
fulness of the cross country team in 
last week's column a sleight to their 
skills. Anyway, back on point. 

The NSU cross country has set 
itself up for a good season. Any- 
time that you can add great talent to 
your current team and only lose one 
standout, the following season looks 
good for you. 

Yes, the loss of Chris Pearson is 
definitely not a good thing, but some 
of the freshmen coming in should do 
a good job in replacing him. 

One of the stud freshmen com- 
ing in is Karensa Ellis from Alexan- 
dria Senior High School. 

Ellis was the All-Cenla Cross 
Country MVP and made the All- 
State Cross Country Team last fall. 

She ran second in Class 4A in 
the 2008 state cross country meet 
hosted by Northwestern, running a 
19:01 time at the Walter Ledet Track 

She also tripled in the state out- 
door track meet last year, qualifying 
in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meters. 

She was second at the state 
meet in the 1600 (5:17.34) and 3200 
(12:21.17) last year, and took fifth in 
the 800. 

A few other additions to the 
cross country team is New Orleans 
Archbishop Shaw's Andrew "Kyle" 
Lessing, who finished third in the 5A 
cross country meet last year. 

Those are just a few of the sev- 
eral incoming freshmen that should 
bolster the cross country roster. 

So with all that said, I expect 
good things from the cross country 
team this fall. 

Their season begins this Friday 
as they travel to Lake Charles for the 
McNeese Cowboy Relay. 

Now, on to my second flub al- 
ready in this very young Sauce sea- 


As you know, we have a new 
head coach, and his name is Bradley 
Dale Peveto. Not Pevetoe, Pevato, 
Pevatoe or any other way I could 
possibly misspell his name. So, to 
Coach Peveto I am very sorry for ut- 
terly butchering your name. 

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mails that I received. I really do ap- 
preciate them even if it means that I 
am wrong. 

Don't get me wrong nice e-mails 
are good to, so write those as well, 
but definitely let me know if I mess 
things up because I'm not perfect. So 
keep those e-mails rolling in. 

Also, my last side note I promise 
because I'm almost out of room, but 
I do want to thank my fearless leader 
Joe Cunningham and our wonderful 
layout editor Jorge Cantu for helping 
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Swine flu strikes students 

David Royal 

News Editor 

As of Tuesday, an estimate of 60 
NSU students have been diagnosed 
with the H1N1 virus, said Stephanie 
Campbell, the university's director of 
health services. 

Employees at NSU Health Ser- 
vices made their first diagnosis Fri- 
day, and by the end of the day had 
identified 30 students with the H1N1 
virus, or swine influenza, Campbell 

Although she said she could not 
be sure because some students have 
gone to personal doctors, Campbell 
said she thinks it is safe to say the 
number of infected students on cam- 
pus has doubled over the Labor Day 

"We're seeing new cases of the 
virus everyday," Campbell said. 

Campbell explained that the 
students that are being affected the 
most by the virus are those in large 

Three major areas that have been 
infected most are athletics, Greek life 
and the NSU Army ROTC program, 
she said. 

Thus far, there have been no se- 
vere or deadly cases of swine flu with 
NSU students, but many infected 
students have experienced strong 
symptoms, Campbell said 

"The students that have gotten 
[swine flu] have felt very sick, but 
they will at least get over it," Camp- 
bell said. 

The students that have been 
infected so far have been overall 
healthy, which has resulted in no se- 
vere cases. 

If the swine flu spreads to a 
pregnant female or a person already 
possessing an underlying health 
condition, however, Campbell ex- 
plained that they would possibly be 
unable to fight of the virus effectively 
and could die. 

Dustin Vandersypen, a sopho- 
more criminal justice major, said he 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

A NSU student seeks care from NSU Health Services in the midst of H1N1 virus outbreak on campus. 

began feeling sick last week and went 
to a medical clinic in his hometown 
of Pineville on Friday, where he was 
diagnosed with swine flu. 

Vandersypen said his symptoms 
included a fever, sore throat and ach 
ing body. 

"It's the worst I've ever felt," 
Vandersypen said. 

He said he feels much better 
now after taking medication, and 
hopes to return to his classes within 
the next couple of days. 

Vandersypen added that he sus- 
pects he contracted the virus from 
one of the students living at Univer- 
sity Place Phase II that did not take 

the right steps to isolate his or her 
self from others. 

Campbell agreed the rapid 
spread of the virus on campus is due 
to the carelessness and unhealthy 
J dCts-of students. 

She said she thinks students are 
not following the recommendations 
that were put out by NSU Health 
Services and the Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention. • 

In particular, students are not 
taking proper precautions by wash- 
ing and sanitizing their hands and 
separating themselves from others 
after becoming infected, Campbell 

"I cannot stress enough how 
important it is to wash your hands 
and keep your distance from people," 
Campbell said. 

NSU Health Services is cur- 
rently following the recommenda- 
tions and procedures outlined by the 
CDC, Campbell said. 

She said that the only people 
actually being tested for the virus 
are those experiencing severe symp- 
toms, and added that NSU Health 
Services is simply treating the indi- 
vidual symptoms of less serious cas- 

Campbell strongly suggests that 
students go to 

to view NSU's Pandemic Plan con- 
cerning the swine flu. 

As of right now, there are no 
plans to cancel any classes due to 
the spread of the swine flu, Camp- 
bell said. 

The percentage of absences 
must be much greater before any 
cancellations will be considered, she 

Campbell added, however, she 
does not see the spread of the virus 
ceasing anytime soon. 

"This is a very contagious virus, 
and I'm concerned it will continue 
to spread if students don't become 
more cautious," Campbell said. 

Demons' basketball player involved in near-fatal car crash 

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Dwayne Watkins, sophomore guard for the NSU basketball 
team is currently recovering from a serious car collision. 

ShaRhonda Williams 

Sauce Reporter 

Instead of relaxing after a hectic 
first week of classes, a Demons' bas- 
ketball player finished his week in 
the hospital after being injured in an 
automobile accident in Opelousas. 

Dwayne Watkins, sophomore 
guard, was injured in an automobile 
accident while driving home for the 
weekend on Aug. 28. 

Watkins is in stable condition, 
but was in ICU on a respirator at Our 
Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical 
Center in Lafayette for about a week, 
Demons' head coach Mike McCona- 
thy said. 

"Doctors have indicated that he 
should have a full recovery, but there 
are no guarantees," McConathy said. 

Watkins' accident occurred 
north of Opelousas on 1-49. 

According to McConathy, he 
left Natchitoches at 1:00 p.m. and the 
collision took place at approximately 
3:00 p.m. It was 6:30 p.m. before Mc- 
Conathy and the team heard about 

the collision. 

The injuries he sustained are as- 
sumed to be caused by his not wear- 
ing his seat belt since he was thrown 
from the vehicle, McConathy said. 

Watkins suffered two fractured 
vertebrae in his spinal column, 
bruised lungs and head injuries, ac- 
cording to an article on nsudemons. 

"As we met on Friday night af- 
ter the news got to Natchitoches and 
[we] prayed for the will of God to 
be with him, I could tell the players 
were very anxious and wanted to try 
to help him," McConathy said. "He 
is a tremendous young man that ev- 
eryone loves and cares a great deal 

The team visited Watkins at the 
hospital the following Sunday. Ara- 
mie Brooks, senior forward, said, it 
was a lot to take in, and some of the 
players were very emotional. 

"I'm praying that Dwayne makes 
a full recovery. He is a great asset to 
the team, as well as a friend," Brooks 

According to Demons' athletic 

Internet site, Watkins came to NSU 
from Independence High School at 
Tickfaw, La. There, he was a second- 
team Class 3A All-State as a senior, 
averaging 24.5 points per game. 

"[He is] the ultimate steal. He 
has that extra gear that we have not 
seen since Michael Byars- Dawson," 
McConathy said. 

At NSU, Watkins averaged 6.6 
minutes per game playing time and 
has an overall 31 points for the 08- 
09 basketball season. 

Watkins was cleared Aug. 18 to 
resume normal basketball workouts 
after sustaining a knee injury in last 
season's loss to Miami (Ohio) Dec. 

On the website, McConathy 
said: "Dwayne was well ahead of 
schedule on his return after his 
knee surgery and he was going to 
be a very dynamic part of our team 
this season. Everyone who has been 
around him admires him for how 
he responded to that situation and 
I'm sure that same kind of courage 
and work ethic will help him as he 
recovers this time." 

Alternative Certification Program awarded top honors 

Sarah Person 

Staff Reporter 

The Louisiana Board of Regents 
recently recognized NSU's College 
of Education for their teachers' out- 
standing work in the Alternative 
Certification Program. 

The program ranked in the two 
highest categories of the Louisiana 
Teacher Preparation Value- Added 
Assessment Report. 

ACP Adviser Kimberly McAli- 
ster explained that the program 

is designed for people who have a 
bachelor's degree in a specific area, 
but want to be teachers. 

McAlister said ACP is a valuable 
asset to the university that is filled 
with capable and competent stu- 

"We're very proud of how our 
students are positively affecting chil- 
dren's learning and how their hard 
work is paying off," McAlister said. 

One can get their Masters of 
Arts in Teaching with two different 
tracks available. 

The Practioner's track is offered, 
which is one year of intense study 
with nine hours in the summer, six 
hours in the fall and six hours in the 

Professional Studies track is the 
second, which consists of a three- 
year, fully online program. 

Assistant Professor in Education 
Martha Rhymes said she was skepti- 
cal at first about the program since 
it is a lot of work in a short time, 
but she said she was quickly proven 

"I was so amazed at the intellect 
and experience in life that [partici- 
pants] can bring to the classroom," 
Rhymes said. 

According to the Board of Re- 
gents, universities are judged on 
three different levels with the Value- 
Added Teacher Preparation Pro- 

Level one measured the pro- 
gram's effectiveness of planning and 
the redesign of teacher preparation 
programs, level two measured the 
effectiveness of implementation and 

level three measured the effective- 
ness of impact and the teacher prep- 
aration accountability system. 

Acting Provost and Vice Presi- 
dent for Academic and Student Af- 
fairs Lisa Abney commended their 
hard work 

"It is very exciting to get this 
report on the College of Education," 
Abney said. 

"It is one of our legacy pro- 
grams since Northwestern used to 
be a teaching college, also know as 
a Normal School, to train teachers." 


David Royal 
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to find a way to allow the library to 
still be available to students seven 
days a week. 

SGA President Kayla Wingfield 
said she feels that the library is a ser- 
vice granted to the students and that 
it should be made available to them 
as much as possible. 

Students need a place they can 
study and do school work, she said. 

"I feel strongly about this is- 
sue because I know what it feels 
like to have a large assignment and 
no means to complete it," Wingfield 

To show that the student body 
cares for the issue as well, the SGA 
Senate had students sign a petition. 

Wingfield explained that for 
university officials to recognize a 
petition, at least 10 percent of the 
student body must sign, which is 
roughly 350 students in accordance 
to last year's attendance numbers. 

As of yesterday, the SGA was 
able to obtain 532 signatures, Wing- 
field said. 

Wingfield said she now intends 
to meet with Lisa Abney, the acting 
provost and vice president for aca- 
demic and student affairs, and show 
her the petition. 

She added, however, that she re- 
alizes the petition will not be the so- 
lution to the problem, but hopefully 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

SGA Secretary Demarcus Carlin seeks out signature from freshman business management 
major Andrew Jeansonne for a petition to re-open Watson Library on Saturdays. 

it will show that there needs to be a 

"I have respect for the staff and 
their needs, but I'm here for the stu- 
dents," Wingfield said. 

Abbie Landry, the interim di- 
rector of libraries, said the situation, 
however, is not that simple. 

"I appreciate the students' feel- 
ings, but the real bottom line is that 
students just aren't using the library 
on Saturdays," Landry said. 

Landry said that the library sim- 
ply no longer has enough qualified 
faculty to keep it operating seven 

days a week. 

The library staff had two losses 
over the summer. 

One faculty member retired 
and Director of Libraries Fleming 
Thomas died, leaving two unfilled 
holes and only five qualified faculty 
in Landry's staff. 

There must be at least one fac- 
ulty member present to manage the 
library's operations and supervise, 
and in order for this to take place, 
employees would have to work up to 
12 days straight, Landry explained. 

Landry said she tried her best 

not to make the change, but felt it 
was necessary. 

"This was probably one of 
the hardest decisions I ever had to 
make," Landry said. 

Knowing that a day had to be 
cut, Landry said she logically want- 
ed to choose a day with the lowest 
amount of users or "gate count." 

The numbers show that the gate 
count is drastically smaller on Satur- 
days in comparison to the other six 

Last fiscal year when the library 
was open on Saturdays from 10:00 

a.m. to 5:00 p.m., only 3,372 students 
entered the library on Saturday for 
the entire year. 

Monday thru Thursday all had 
over 20,000 students each enter for 
the year. 

The day with the closest figure to 
Saturday's figure was Sunday, which 
still had over 3,000 more students. 

With such a low gate count, 
Landry said it is too inefficient to al- 
low the library to stay open with its 
typical operations and added that is 
unfair to treat her and her faculty as 
glorified study hall monitors. 

Wingfield, however, said she 
and the Senate understand this and 
are willing to work with Landry to 
come up with a compromise. 

Currently, the SGA's primary 
idea is to model after Grambling 
State University's library system. 

Wingfield said she would like 
to investigate the option of the uni- 
versity funding two trained security 
guards, who would supervise and 
watch over the library and the equip- 
ment inside on Saturdays. 

This would allow the library's 
staff to still have a day off. 

Landry said if all the details 
could be worked out to ensure that 
there are no liability and security is- 
sues, then she would be willing to 
work with the SGA and NSU officials 
on this plan. 

If a plan cannot be worked out 
to have the library re-opened on Sat 
urdays, then Wingfield said the SGA 
will look into trying to at least have- 
Friedman Student Union opened for 

"Something has to be done for 
the students," Wingfield said. "That's 
the bottom line." 

Faculty receive tenure, promotions 

Sarah Person 

Staff Reporter 

NSU rewarded distinguished 
faculty members with recent promo- 
tions and tenure. 

Acting Provost and Vice Presi- 
dent for Academic and Student Af- 
fairs Lisa Abney said she is proud of 
these faculty members for their work 
in and outside the classroom. 

"I'm so excited to see these fine 
faculty be recognized for their ac- 
complishments," Abney said. 

For the 2009-10 school year, 14 
faculty members will receive tenure 
and 20 will be promoted, according 
to a letter from NSU President Ran- 
dall Webb. 

Abney said these promoted 
and tenured faculty members have 
worked hard to reach their goals. 

Faculty members are judged on 
other aspects besides their teaching, 
which can include community and 
university service, scholarly research 
and even published works. 

The faculty handbook states 
that to be eligible for promotion to 
the rank of professor, a person must 

hold a terminal degree and have at 
least five years of full-time teaching 
at the level of associate professor. 

Coordinator of Theatre and 
Dance Scott Burrell was one of the 
fortunate faculty members to be 
promoted to the rank of professor, 
which is the highest one can receive. 

Burrell has been at NSU for 12 
years and said he is honored to re- 
ceive his new title. 

"I'm really thankful that the 
committee found me worthy," Burrell 

He said 15 years ago he would 
not have thought he would have re- 
ceived this title. 

"I'm proud of myself because it 
takes a bit of work and dedication to 
get this spot," Burrell said. 

Burrell explained that the pro- 
cess in which he was judged for his 
promotion was rigorous. 

"It is a lot of effort to prepare 
since I am judged on several things 
such as student evaluations, letters 
of support, and the committees de- 
cision whether I'm worthy or not of 
promotion", Burrell said. 

Other promotions included the 

titles of associate and assistant pro- 

Abney said she is confident that 
the new 14 tenured faculty member 
cherish what they have gained. 

"Tenure is a property right, seal 
of approval that we want to keep you 
around," Abney said. 

Assistant Professor in Commu- 
nications John Foster is one of the 14 
tenured faculty members this school 

Foster a former NSU student, 
cherished words from his former 
NSU president when deciding on 
whether to come to work at the uni- 
versity years ago. 

"He basically told me to work 
hard, be good to the school, do what 
needs to be done and the university 
will ultimately be good to you," Fos- 
ter said. "I certainly believe that af- 
ter the years of teaching and working 
to gain my doctorate, tenure is one 
of those good things about which Dr. 
Kilpatrick spoke." 

Promoted and tenured faculty 
members normally receive a pay 
raise, but due to budget cuts, there 
will not be monetary recognition. 

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Theater ready for successful year 

Photo by Casey Reynolds/The Current Sauce 

The students preparing for their first show, Shoolhouse Rock Live.' 

Casey Reynolds 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU theater department 
has a rockin' line-up planned for the 
fall semester. 

The department is starting the 
semester with Schoolhouse Rock, 
Livel It is based on the educational 
cartoon television series that ran 
from 1973-1985. The show will run 
Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 1-3 in A.A. 

Junior musical theater major 
Becca Brown said the nine-person 
cast ranges from sophomores to fifth 
year seniors. Rehearsals began the 
Saturday before classes started. 

"I swear this show is a complete 
cardio and muscle strengthening 
work-out," Brown said "Its fun and 

silly and if it looks easy, then we are 
truly a cast of incredible actors." 

Featured songs will include: "A 
Noun is a Person, Place or Thing", 
"Unpack your Adjectives", "and Con- 
junction Junction", "Interplanet Ja- 
net", "Just a Bill" and more. 

Almost, Maine is next for the 
theater department. Rehearsals will 
start in the next few weeks, and the 
show will run Oct. 22-24 and 28-31 
in Theatre West. 

"It is a remarkably sweet and 
romantic, yet humorous play about 
love in a small town," said sopho- 
more musical theater major Cami 

The Merry Widow, an operetta, 
will be an effort between the theater 
and dance department and the mu- 
sic departments. Rehearsals will be- 

gin soon after Schoolhouse Rock Live! 

The semester will close with the 
125 th annual Christmas Gala. 

"I'm really excited for this se- 
mester. Its going to be a great sea- 
son," said Ambeau. 

NSU will also be hosting the 
Ameri can College Dance Festival 
Association for the first time next se- 
mester, Brown said. 

"This is huge! We are opening it 
up to the entire country, which is a 
first I believe," she added. 

Brown encourages everyone to 
go support the performers and tech- 
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From left to right, Carl Jones, the vice president for business affairs, Lisa Abney, the provost 
and vice president for academic and student affairs, and President Randall Webb. 


Calming the students 

Shelita Dalton 

Sauce Reporter 

Amid recent budget cuts and 
student anxiety, the administration 
assures that there is no need to wor- 

"We just want to make sure stu- 
dents know we're still in business," 
said Lisa Abney, provost and vice 
president for academic and student 

"We've still got paper, pens and 
chalk; you know all of the things stu- 
dent's need to learn." 

However, if there is a perceived 
need by a faculty member, she said 
the department head should be noti- 
fied as soon as possible. 

Abney added that a good thing 
about these times is that people are 
willing to help each other. 

"Departments are willing to 
share resources and that'll go a long 
way in making sure students get the 
same level of quality that they're 
used to getting," she said. 

President Randall Webb says 
that although these are times they 
would rather avoid, NSU will con- 

tinue to move forward. 

"We will continue to look for 
things that are cost savings at every 
turn and we're looking at a number 
of things in that regard," he said. 

Webb says one of his desires is 
for faculty and staff not to let this 
budget cut be a problem for the stu- 
dents at this point. 

He added that a high priority is 
placed on meeting the needs of stu- 
dents and helping them become suc- 
cessful in college as long as they do 
their part. 

"This means students should at- 
tend all classes, study, turn in work 
when it's assigned and do all the in- 
structor expects of them," he said. 

The recent cuts have taken a toll 
on NSU across the board, including 
athletics as well as custodial servic- 

Webb says one of the most dif- 
ficult things about the cuts has been 
the hiring freeze. So far, 62 positions 
have been frozen. 

The administration assures that 
even with the changes and readjust- 
ments, students can be sure that ev- 
erything will be fine. 

However, if they do perceive 

a problem they can always come to 
them about it. 

"I actually just got an email from 
a student not long ago, concerned 
about the status of the university and 
I wrote her back and said, 'you know, 
we're fine, we're open for business, 
we're not shutting down, and we're 
not converting to a different kind of 
university,," said Abney. 

"We're here, we're still going on 
and we encourage students not to lis- 
ten to those rumors that float around 
and again to come and get the infor- 
mation [from us]." 

Carl Jones, the vice president for 
business affairs added that students 
also have a voice through other ave- 
nues, including the Student Govern- 
ment Association. 

"That would be one way for our 
student leadership and the students 
working together at every university 
and every management board level 
at the Regents level to share their 
concerns for the budgets cuts and 
the hard economic times of higher 
education in the state," he said. 

He says that by design the stu- 
dents in higher education in the state 
have a voice and they are listened to. 

Photo Illustration by Shelita Dalton/The Current Sauce 
Even with the recent budget cuts, the administration says there's no need for panic 

Tori Ladd 
Life Editor 
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September 9, 2009 

Debates spark in Union 

Professor of Mathematics Thomas Hanson sitting at his desk. 

Photo by Cassey Reynolds/The Current Sauce 

Hanson returns 
to classroom 

Mary Jordan 

Sauce Reporter 

Thomas Hanson was recently 
honored for His services after almost 
five years as provost and vice presi- 
dent of academic and student affairs. 

On Aug. 17, Lisa Abney was 
named as acting provost and vice 
president of academic and student 
affairs so he could get back to what 
he loved most. Teaching. 

Hanson always knew he would 
be a professor of mathematics one 

His career started in 1968 at the 
University of Florida. 

Five years later, with a wife and 
two children to think about, he left 
his position to work for Internation- 
al Business Machiness (IBM) and 
later a manufacturing company in 
New Jersey. 

He may not have been at a uni- 
versity for a number of years, but 
he always knew he would return to 
teaching full time one day. 

That day came in May of 1990 
when he was intereviewed for a 
mathematics teaching position here 
at NSU. 

Hanson knew he would accept 
if they offered him the job. 

He made his decision because 
he was enamored with the town and 
the people here at NSU. 

"1 have had the privilege of 
knowing Dr. Tom Hanson ever since 
he was hired in 1990 as a mathemat- 
ics teacher for Northwestern," said 
NSU President Randall Webb. 

"He and I became friends early 
on and have maintained the friend- 
ship through the years," Webb said. 

Since May of 1990, Hanson has 
had a successful career, not only as 
a professor of mathematics, but also 
as provost and vice president of aca- 
demic and student affiars. 

Since 2005, he has been fighting 
the good fight for the ones who mat- 
ter to him most (besides his family of 
course), his students. 

According to the NSU website, 
Hanson was a key member in the 
development and implementation of 
five new degrees and one new con- 

He led the university through 
several successful program accredi- 
tation reviews and the university's 
regional accreditation reaffirmation 
from the Southern Association of 
Colleges and Schools. 

He has also led the university to 
more than doubling its articulation 
and two- plus- two agreements with 
technical and community colleges. 

This includes the integration of 
Bossier Parish Community College 
into the university community here 
at NSU and at the Leesville campus. 

Hanson was also instrumental 
in the development of a partnership 
with Barksdale Air Force Base for the 
offering of on-site classes that began 
this semester. 

The Office of Service Learning 
was also created under his leader- 
ship and he was a key participant 
in the development of partnerships 
between the NSU College of Nursing 
and several regional hospitals. 

This allowed NSU to increase 
the number of clinical spaces avail- 
able for nursing students, and in- 
creased the number of full-time fac- 
ulty in the college. 

He has been a professor of math- 
ematics and a NSU faculty member 
since 1990. From 1996 to 2000, he 
was the dean of Graduate Studies 
and Research. 

Hanson was also the former 
president and vice president of the 
NSU faculty senate, and has been the 
director of information systems. 

With all of these accomplish- 

ments under his belt, you would ex- 
pect him to brag about himself, but 
that is just not the case. 

"I didn't do it alone," he said. 

Hanson said he loves being back 
in the classroom where he feels he 
has always belonged. 

"He has always been a dedicated 
teacher, and I am sure all his stu- 
dents will benefit from his attention 
to their education," said Frank Serio, 
head of the department of math- 

"I enjoy being in his class and 
we learn a lot everyday," said fresn- 
men biology major Shelby Brown. 
"He's a good teacher." 

"He gets right to the point all 
the time," said Marykate Parker, also 
a freshmen biology major. 

Hanson said he is happy where 
he is, and with the new freedoms that 
come with the job he loves so much. 
He now has the time to spend with 
his family. 

However, there was one issue he 
had hoped to have resolved before 
leaving the provost position. 

The final approval for a post 
-graduate degree in criminal jus- 
tice and homeland security had not 
come through before he returned to 
the classroom. 

"It will come to pass," Han- 
son said. "I fully intend to be in the 
boardroom when that item comes up 
for dicussion." 

As for Abney, who is acting as 
provost and vice president of aca- 
demic and student affairs, Hanson 
thinks she'll do an excellent job. 

"Dr. Webb made a good choice." 

Ultimately, Hanson said he 
plans to stay in the classroom until 
the point he feels he is ready to retire. 

"I am happy with what we got 
done, and the direction and the uni- 
versity moved while 1 was provost," 
he said. 

Amanda Duncil 

Sauce Reporter 

Students hanging out in Fried- 
man Student Union last Thursday 
around lunch were able to witness 
the first public debate of the year. 

Assistant Professor Jon Croghan 
and senior liberal arts and political 
science major Paul Shelton debated 
the topic of Walt Disney Disney Co., 
buying Marvel Entertainment Inc. 

Approximately 40 students 
watched the public debate and many 
participated by asking questions. 

According to Yahoo! News, the 
Disney bought Marvel, for $4 billion 
on August 31, Yahoo! News says. 

Shelton took the side of Disney 
buying out the comic franchise, say- 
ing the deal would have more ben- 
efits than drawbacks. 

"Marvel has the best superhe- 
roes and super villains," Shelton said. 

Shelton said that Disney would 
have more money to spend work- 
ing on movies, especially since they 
would not have to pay for the right 
to use the characters. 

Creator of Marvel Stan Lee will 
have a say in the movie scripts, mak- 
ing it less likely for Disney to destroy 
his work. 

Shelton also pitched the idea for 
a few possible Disney/Marvel cross- 
over movies, including Xavier's High 
School Musical and Toy Story- 
Marvel action figure style. 

Cheaper is not always better, 
Croghan said. He added that Disney 
is known for destroying storylines, 

Student gathered around to 
Disney buying Marvel. 

such as the original Grimms' Fai- 
rytales on which many of Disney's 
princess movies are based. Disney 
would probably create a "cleaned up, 
beautiful world" from the Marvel 
stories, he added. Croghan also not- 
ed that Disney seems to disempower 
women. He used the princesses as an 
example, pointing out that each had 
to be saved by a man. 

"I enjoyed it," senior graphic 
communications major Josh Midcliff 
said. "I'm a big supporter of Marvel 
staying separate, but [Sheltons] ar- 
gument for Disney made you think." 
In the end, more students took the 
side of Croghan. 

"I think [the debate] did great," 
Shelton said afterward. "This year 
we've had more interest with speech 
in debate." 

Since school started, the team has al- 

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listen to the public debate on 

ready gained 10 new members, Shel- 
ton said. 

In the past, turnout at public de- 
bates has been low. Using the Union 
allows them to reach a larger amount 
of students, Shelton said. 

The debate team will try to host 
at least one public debate a month, 
Shelton said. The team is signed up 
to compete in two tournaments in 
the fall and three in the spring. 

In addition to competing, the 
team will host a high school debate 
in Kyser Hall in the spring. They have 
hosted this debate twice in the past 
and expect an estimated 17 schools 
to participate, Shelton said. 

"It was interesting trying to 
run a high school with seven people 
working," Shelton said. 

Shelton said it was hectic but 


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Who's on "fire" 
this season? 

Casey Renyolds 

Sauce Reporter 

While some students spent their 
summer working in a restaurant or 
taking a couple of extra classes, Ford 
Haeuser was dancing with fire. 

Haeuser, from Covington, Tex- 
as, is a senior fine and performing 
arts major in the Louisiana Scholars 

Haeuser was the feature per- 

former in the fire dance scene in the 
Southeastern Theatre Company's 
production, Texas! A Musical Dra- 

The show was based in Palo 
Duro Canyon, Texas. 

The outdoor dramatic love story 
about a cattleman's daughter and a 
farmers son is set in the 1800s said 
the NSU Internet site. 

He volunteered for the role as a 
fire dancer. "It was a very Zen expe- 

rience," he said. 

Haueser received the Elise Carl- 
ton scholarship from the theater 

It was one of 14 name scholar- 
ships given. 

To fund the scholarships booths 
were set out for donations at perfor- 

Donations went straight to 
scholarships for the cast. 

Professor Stoneking, Haeuser's 
adviser said, "Ford is a multi-talent- 
ed student." 

"He has a unique ability to fully 
commit to any project and he is also 
a critical thinker. This is combina- 
tion for success." 

41 total scholarships were 
awarded. In addition to the name 

21 small and six leadership 
scholarships were awarded. 

The SETC held a casting call in 
May in Birmingham, Ala. Haeuser 
arrived close to the end of the call. 

A resume and headshot were re- 

"I pretty much slid them under 
the door," Haeuser said. 

Three weeks later he said he got 
a call that he had made it. 

"The choreographer said as 
soon as she saw me she wanted me 
for the company." 

The cast spent eight hours a day, 
seven days a week for four weeks 
preparing for the show. 

The fire dancers practiced three 
extra hours a day for three weeks. 
Performances were six days a week. 

Haeuser said his training at NSU 
is what prepared him for his role. 

"They place an emphasis on 
work ethic and being professional," 
he said. 

Haeuser said he would go any- 
where the job takes him after college. 
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Photo by Casey Reynolds/The Current Sauce 
Margaret Cochran posing for the photo in her office. 

Casey Reynolds 

Sauce Reporter 

Margaret "Betsy" Cochran was 
awarded the Outstanding Faculty 
Adviser award at the faculty insti- 
tutes, a program held for faculty the 
week before school began. 

Cochran is a professor of math- 
ematics and ecology in the Scholar's 

She has taught as faculty for 27 
years and at NSU for 17 years. 

The award was presented by 
Lisa Abney, provost, and Dorene Fox 
in Magale Hall. There was an award 
for outstanding faculty and for out- 
standing staff. 

All nominees stood up at the 

ceremony and part of Cochran's pa- 
per was read aloud. 

Part of a student's letter about 
Cochran was also read aloud. This 
gave her a few moments to compose 
herself before taking her walk across 
the stage she said. 

"People have seen this in a posi- 
tive way," Cochran said. 

Graduate student Trever Hol- 
land said, "She is the kind of profes- 
sor that recognizes the individual 
needs, desires, styles, and ideas of 
her students. 

She always takes the time to talk 
about what the student is facing. I 
was blessed to have her as a profes- 
sor and to count her as a friend." 

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advisers, she said. In the Scholar's 
College they are experimenting with 
ways to make students go to their ad- 

The college places a hold on the 
student's account and they have to 
see their advisers for it to be lifted. 

Due to a smaller environment in 
Scholar's, most advisers get to know 
their students well over the years. 
Most students keep their same ad- 
viser all four years. 

"She is one of the smartest and 
nicest people I know," said Nicole 
Nezat, a senior in the Scholar's Col- 
lege. "She is one of my favorite peo- 
ple on the planet." 

This becomes helpful when ad- 
visers write recommendation letters. 

They can tell about the individ- 
ual, she said. "Not just let me check 
their transcript." 

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"It feels good to be recognized 
because it is behind the scenes. Ad- 
visers are only seen by the individual 
around at the moment," she said. 

She encourages students to let 
their teachers and advisers see how 
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Be Frank: some decisions aren't worth execution 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 

Some states 
fight to end the 
death penalty. But 
as Comedian Ron 
White said, in my 
state (Texas), they 
are putting in an 
express lane. 

There are things in life you can't 
undo. You cannot bring someone 
back from the dead. You can't erase 
pen. You can't re- 
move the damage 
of a fire. 


persecuted for 12 years for some- 
thing I did not do. From God's dust I 
came and to dust I will return, so the 
Earth shall become my throne." 

As the Willingham case is re- 
opened, Texas might now be the first 
state to have executed an innocent 

Todd Willingham stood outside his 
house wearing nothing but jeans 
and soot while his home, his family 
and his future burned down, accord- 
ing to The New Yorker. He was later 
charged for the murder of his three 
children and sentenced to death. 

He was executed by lethal injec- 
tion, and for the 12 years prior to his 
execution, he tried to convince the 
world of his innocence. 

His final words while lying on 
the execution table were, "The only 
statement I want to make is that 1 
am an innocent man convicted of a 
crime I did not commit. I have been 

Texas cannot bring Willing- 
ham back to life. Willingham cannot 
change the final 12 years of his life. 

And we cannot undo the deci- 
sions we make on a daily basis. 

We forget, there is no "undo" 

or "delete" in life, 

In my state (Texas), they are and the Internet 
putting in an express lane." is not any differ- 

The In- 
ternet, while truly amazing, 

how permanent the Internet is. 

We think that because we hit 
"delete" that whatever photo we 
posted or text we typed will be erased 

forever from cy- 

ber space. 

But it's not. 

Post Secret is 
a community art 
project that en- 

find it now. 

People do things they wish they 

could erase. People make mistakes, 

people speak out of turn, people 

screw up. 

"People make mistakes, I am not 

people speak out of turn, sa Y in g that War " 

people screw up." ren should not 
have posted the 

postcard or that 

is a 

dangerous place. People adore the 
anonymity of the online world and 
forget about the consequences that 
could arise. 

It is easier to tell a boy you like 
him when you don't look him in 

the eye. And it 

is easier to break " Evei 7 decision is not simply life 
someone's heart and death, but every decision has 
when you cannot some element of consequence." 
hear him or her 

ables people to submit their secrets 
in the form of a postcard. 

Every Sunday, Creator Frank 
Warren posts some of the secrets on 
Blogger. His visitor count from last 
week was about 263,477,600. 

The secrets from last week in- 
cluded everything from a stripper's 
last farewell to prostate cancer to pa 
rental disputes to one card that War- 
ren was forced to remove. 

Warren posted via Twitter to his 
960, 030 followers on Sept. 2 how 
he had to remove the postcard and 
within minutes multiple people had 
tweeted and retweeted links to the 

Why the 
postcard had to 
be removed is 
unknown, but the 

But we forget that on the other 
side of the screen is a real person 
reading our words. We also forget 

postcard itself still lives. 

Millions of people saw the post- 
card. 'Ihousands of people followed 
it on Twitter. And people can still 

he made a mistake. 

But there are things that perhaps 
we should think twice about posting 
online. There are so many instances 
where people posted things that 
caused problems in their personal, 
professional and educational lives. 

Things they cannot undo. 

Every decision is not simply life 
and death, but every decision has 
some element of consequence. 

Ihe question you need to ask is, 
"Is this a decision you are going to 
want to undo?" 

Texas cannot bring Willingham 
back to life. Willingham will never 
know what the last 12 years of his life 
could have been like. 

But you have the chance today 
to think twice. Before you hit send or 
enter or post, you have the opportu- 
nity to rethink your decision. 

Because once you hit "OK," there 
is no turning back. 

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Opinionated Spirits: appreciating hangovers 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Columnist 

A man has 
not failed until he 
refuses to get up 
and try again. 

Thinking of 
hangovers with a 
positive outlook 
would seem ridic- 
ulous to many, but it teaches us the 
valuable lesson to never give up. 

Hangovers are generally thought 
of as a nightmare for drinkers. It is 
the dreaded morning suffering pe- 
riod our bodies take to recuperate 
from a night of heavy drinking. 

Some people have tried to come 
up with several home remedies to 
counter the attack our stomachs and 
heads are waging on us; however, the 
simple combination of BC powder 
and Power Ade or Gatorade has prov- 
en to be one of the quickest cures. 

Keeping the lights dimmed with 
little or no noise in the safety of your 
room would be the best scenario to 
aid in this cure. And since going out 
in the sun could be as dangerous or 
physically painful as a ginger going 
out in the sun without sunscreen, it 
would be wise to remain indoors un- 
til the hangover is diminished. 

I have often wondered if a hang- 
over is ( iod's punishment for drink- 
ing or possibly just inappropriate 
drunken actions. Whether it is a 
form of punishment or not is still 
debatable, but the sun is certainly 
His way of taunting us for His own 

Ever notice how bright and 

Students' dollars well wasted 

Photo by Bethany Frank/The Current Sauce 

beautiful it is outside after a night of 
heavy intoxication? Now you know 
at least one person is laughing. 

Many will spend a hangover in 
bed since sleeping helps. On the oth- 
er hand, others choose to spend this 
time of suffering in the bathroom 
worshipping the "porcelain god" that 
will certainly appreciate any offering 

Although "Mastering the hangover 
the regurgitation is mastering drinking." 


of the 

night's dinner or the late night Krys- 
tal burgers can relieve at least the 
stomach pain one feels while hun- 
gover, there is one method of healing 
that, although difficult for some, will 
surely heal the body's suffering. 

Start drinking again. The taste, 
smell, or even appearance of alcohol 
will cause premature-regurgitation 
for some drinkers, but if you can get 
passed that first gag-reflex and con- 
tinue drinking, then your body will 
not only begin healing, but start to 
feel intoxicated as well. It is like kill- 
ing two birds with one stone. 

This will not work for every- 
one, of course, since our demanding 

schedules will usually force us out of 
our safe, anti-hangover bunkers. 

We will all have a list of tasks for 
the day, such as work, sports prac- 
tice, homework or finishing newspa- 
per articles. Performing these tasks 
hungover, although difficult, is what 
toughens drinkers. 

Mastering the hangover is mas- 
tering drinking. 
Anyone can en- 
joy the positive 
side of 

thing they partake in, but it is not 
until you can master the negative 
aspect too that you can say you have 
conquered it. 

The inexperienced drinkers who 
choose to stray from alcohol because 
of a single hangover have got it all 
wrong. It is understandable to avoid 
alcohol for a day or two depending 
on the level of intoxication achieved 
the night before. 

One should never throw in 
the towel though. Use that towel to 
wipe off your face, hop back on that 
bar stool and challenge the bastard 

Taylor Graves 

Guest Columnist 

During this 
time, $45 can buy 
a lot of things: gas, 
groceries or a text- 

For me, $45 
can pay my half 
of the TV and In- 
ternet bill. But, you know what, 1 
did not spend $45 on gas, groceries, 
textbooks or bills last week. I had to 
spend $45 on an NSU parking stick- 
er that I already bought last fall. 

Parking stickers are very useful 
for students and NSU police to know 
who should and should not be on 
campus. They register each student's 
car and allow NSU police to let cars 
onto campus at night. 

The reason behind parking 
stickers is understandable, but why 
should students have to pay $45 ev- 
ery fall semester for something they 
already have? 

Some students have scholar- 
ships which pay their entire way 
through school, so an extra $45 may 
or may not make a difference to 

them. For students who work their 
way through school, $45 is a lot of 

Everyone knows NSU is going 
through the same budget cuts as the 
rest of the country's colleges, but 
the administration are not the only 
people who are trying to tighten the 
spending belt. 

Students are dealing with com- 
panies and the 
government of- 
fering less schol- 
arships and loans. 

Students are 
finding' tricks and 
tips on how to save money. 

Students are looking into the 
cheapest way to buy textbooks. 

On top of everything else, stu- 
dents are having to make sure they 
have the money to cover the rising 
costs of college tuitions, bills and 

And spending $45 on some- 
thing they have already spent money 
on is crazy. 

NSU may need the money, but 
wouldn't it cost less and save money 
if only freshman and students with 
new vehicles buy a parking sticker? 

This way NSU would not have to 

"Why should students have to 
pay $45 every fall semester for 
something they already have?" 

design and order new stickers each 
fall semester. Less money would be 
coming in to NSC. hot NSU and the 
students would c >■ I' be saving mon- 

So not only do students have to 
spend $45 on a parking sticker, if they 
do not buy one, then they get a ticket. 
Each ticket they receive is a $35 fine. 
This is a crazy amount also. What if 

a student needs 

to spend money 
on a bill so their 
water or internet 
is not cut off, so 
they don't buy a 

parking sticker? 

What if a student cannot buy a 
parking sticker until after they get a 
pay check? 

Or, what if, a student honestly 
just does not have the money for a 
parking sticker they already have? 

No matter what the reason, if a 
student does not buy a parking stick- 
er, they will be fined $35. 

I do not understand why this ex- 
tra cost is given to students when the 
administration knows the students 
are going through the same tough 
times as they are. 

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Something worth lighting your fire 

Photo by Bethany Frank/The Current Sauce 

Paul Randall Adams 

Guest Columnist 

You're sitting 
in your car down- 
town, waiting for 
the red light at 
the Church Street 
Bridge to turn 
green so that you 
can make your way 
over the bridge and to your destina- 
tion whenever a man stands in your 
way, his body completely engulfed in 

This is the situation that many 
people were faced with on June 16, 
1963, when the Vietnamese monk 
Thich Quang Due immolated him- 
self in one of the busiest intersections 
of downtown Saigon. Bystanders 
watch, horrified, as he died unable to 
turn their faces away. 

Hushed whispers spread, and 
people begin to ask why somebody 
would protest the Vietnam War so 
violently. This monk, however, was 
truly protesting the religious perse- 
cution he and his brethren were un- 

dergoing at the time 

Ask yourself: have you ever been 
moved by anything so much that you 
would be willing to set yourself on 
fire to make people listen? 

Sadly, I doubt it. I know that 
I certainly haven't. And as I see the 
pictures that remain from this day, 
this is all I can think about. 

Hardly anybody seems to be 
moved by much these days. 

apathy is a grown 
epidemic; laziness 
among young 
adults is more 
prevalent today 1 
than it has been for many years. 

College students come to school 
invigorated, full of energy, ready to 
shake up the system and stand up for 
what's right, and they almost always 
fall short. 

It is not uncommon for vegetar- 
ians to abandon their self-imposed 
morals and start eating meat because 
it's easier to just eat meat than to 
fight with the food establishments on 

"Have you ever been moved by 
anything so much that you would be 
willing to set yourself on fire to make 
people listen?" 

It is not unheard of for people 
who support the "go green" move- 
ment to turn from their eco-friendly 
ways because it is easier to just live 
like everybody else. 

In case you haven't noticed, it 
is no longer "taking a stand" if you 
have stopped fighting. 

To compromise ones morals for 
simple ease in life is absolute lazi- 
ness. The concept is appalling, and, 

the idea is uni- 
versal. When- 
ever I first came 
to college, I was 
quite set in my 
ways. I only at organic foods, avoid- 
ing genetically modified foods at all 
cost. I only used energy-saver light 
bulbs and never used the plastic bags 
at the grocery store. 

What happened was 1 stopped 
caring. It was easier to take the 
mass-produced plastic bags and it 
was easier to just eat whatever was 
made available to me at Vic's. 

Suddenly, I had compromised 
everything I had stood for. 

Where would women be if ev- 
erybody had just given up because 
it was easier? Where would African- 
Americans be had Dr. Martin Luther 
King, Ir. compromised his morals 
because he just didn't care as much 
anymore? Where would this nation 
be if everybody had been as apathet- 
ic as my classmates, as myself? 

'Ihere are very few cases in to- 
days society when somebody feels 
so strongly for something, anything, 
that they are willing to set them- 
selves on fire to make their point. 

Ihere have been no recent re- 
ports of young adults chaining them - 
selves to trees to stop development 
of beautiful land. There has been no 
gossip that any- 
body on this cam- 
nave stopped fighting 

the current war in the Middle East, 
the starving children in other coun- 
tries, the starving children in our 
own countries, the closing down of 
animal shelters nationwide, the end 
of music programs, the current situ- 
ation in Darfur and so many more. 

Daily, land is being torn apart, 
trees knocked down and grass 
ripped up so that a new mall, Wal- 
Mart, Dairy Queen can be built in its 

The Earth is giving herself to us, 
slowly disappearing, and we claim 
that there is less to protest. Animal 
testing, the current economic situ- 
ation, what's on the menu— I chal- 
lenge you to care about something. 

pus has stopped 
driving his car in 

"It is no longer taking a stand if you Sometimes it 

takes a man set- 
ting himself on 

an attempt to help the Earth, just a 
little bit. 

People may say that there is less 
to protest in this generation than 
there have been in the past. 

Perhaps one should list all of 
the travesties one could fight to aid: 

fire to get 
world's attention. Sometimes it only 
takes a few concerned words. 

But we will never know which 
approach to take if we take no ap- 
proach at all. 

So I ask you — are you apathetic 
or do you just not care? 


Andy Bullard 
wbullardOO 1 

Sports Editor 
September 9, 2009 

Cougars claw Demons 
in season opener 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

Houston had no problem taking 
off Saturday against the Northwest- 
ern State Demons. 

Cougars' junior quarterback 
Case Keenum led his team to a 55-7 
victory over the Demons. 

This was also a good game for 
Keenum in his hopes for a Heisman 
Trophy. Keenum before the game 
was among a handful of players 
throughout the FBS that were said to 
be "Heisman hopefuls." Keenum was 
23-30 for 359 yards and four touch- 
downs in only two and a half quar- 
ters of work 

The Demons' first four drives 
proved to be futile, as they were not 
able to move the chains once. 

"We needed a good start and we 
needed to keep them from getting 
one. Neither happened," Peveto said. 

The Cougars' offense, which was 
ranked second nationally last year, 

picked up where it left off, jumping 
out to a 28-0 lead, scoring on their 
first four possessions. 

Their first series was a 5-play, 
86-yard scoring drive that ended 
with a pass from Keenum to Charles 
Sims for a 23 yard score. 

"Case Keenum was making ev- 
ery read and every throw, and it was 
easy to see how he led the nation in 
total offense last year. Give them a lot 
of credit," Peveto said. 

The Cougars' offensive on- 
slaught totaled 538 yards with 447 
yards from the air. 

UH put up 35 points before the 
Demons were able to shake back and 
mount some sort of production. 

The Demons managed to put 
together a long scoring drive in the 
second quarter. 

The 97 yard drive was the De- 
mons' only score of the game and 
showed glimpses of what the team is 
capable of. "Our guys kept compet- 
ing, and we got a couple of stops de- 

fensively," Peveto said "In between, 
we drove the ball 97 yards to score, 
and really had gotten some momen- 
tum." Peveto 
went on to say,"We forced that sec- 
ond punt, but the ball was ruled to 
have hit one of our blockers and they 
wound up with possession going in 
at the 7 and scored on the next play." 

The Demons' total offense 
capped off at 263, with 157 on the 

William Griffin led the ground 
game with 10 carries for 63 yards. 

John Hudley threw for 106 yards 
and one touchdown and completed 
22-34 with zero interceptions. 

Newly aquired runningback 
from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 
Quinton Castille, looks to learn more 
of the Demon playbook so he can get 
more touches this coming Saturday. 

For Peveto, there is a lot of work 
to do before the Demons go to play a 
very good Grambling team next Sat- 
urday night. 

NSU Game Stats 


John Hundley 22-35, 106 yds., T.D. 


William Griffen 10 rushes, 63 yds. 
Paul Harris 9 rushes, 54 yds. 


Darius Duffy 5 rec, 39 yds 
Jasper Edwards 2 rec, 14 yds. 
Justin Aldredge 4 rec, 7 yds., T.D. 

Defensive Leaders 

Gary Riggs 9 total tackles 
Cortez Paige 7 total tackles 
Kasey Brown 7 total tackles 
Albert Smith 4 total tackles, sack 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Rachael O'Steen as she pushes the ball forward in 
the 2-1 loss to Mississippi St. 

First cut is the deepest 

Photo by Gary Hardamon Pho'o by Fletcher Jonson 

Running back (6) William Griffen breaks off a 20 yard gain on a fourth and one play. Quarterback (7) John Hudley 

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All good things must come to 
an end. Unfortunately that old ad- 
age holds true for the NSU Lady De- 
mons and its winning streak. 

The Lady Demons had played 
398 minutes of shutout soccer. 

That equates to five games and 
nine minutes into the sixth without 
giving up a goal. 

Along with the shutout streak 
the Lady Demons lost their winning 
streak to the Mississippi State Bull- 

Junior Kathleen Walsh scored 
the first goal for the Bulldogs in the 
ninth minute. 

"I found it very interesting that 
when we gave up the goal in the first 
half, Mississippi State dominated for 
about the next five minutes," Lady 
Demons' head coach Jimmy Mitchell 

Despite giving up the goal, NSU 
would come back and tie the game, 
thanks in part to junior forward 
Meghan Hunter's third goal of the 
season in the 54" 1 minute. 

On the same play, Rachael 
O'Steen got her fourth assist of the 

The Lady Demons could just not 
hold off the Bulldog offense, because 
in the 61 st minute, junior Ashley 

Hood for MSU scored the would be 
game winning goal, putting the Bull- 
dogs up two to one. 

The Bulldogs even out shot the 
Lady Demons 16-13 with three of its 
shots being on goal. 

The Lady Demons did manage 
to get six shots on goal. 

The Lady Demons are still off to 
one of its best starts in school history 
with a record of 5- 1 on the season. 

Also, the Bulldogs have a school 
best record to start a season at 4-0. 

NSU got to the 5-0 mark as it 
beat the University of Louisiana- 
Lafayette 1-0 in overtime this past 

Chelsey Gibbs netted her team 
high fourth goal of the season in the 
97 th minute of the game. Meghan 
Hunter got her then team high third 
assist of the season. 

The SLC announced yesterday 
that forward Chelsey Gibbs was 
awarded Southland Conference Of- 
fensive Player of the Week award. 
This is her second consecutive week 
to recieve this award. 

The Lady Demons face off 
against Southeast Missouri State this 
Friday and Oklahoma State the fol- 
lowing Sunday. 

Both games will be here in the 
friendly confines of the Demon Soc- 
cer Complex, where NSU is 2-1 on 
the season. 

Lady Demons couldn't 
dig out a win 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

The Lady Demons expects a 
much better season than last year. 

The Lady Demons have been 
hard at work this off season in an ef- 
fort to make an improvement from 
the previous season. 

Junior middle blocker LaRanda 
Spann said, "We've been working 
really hard, we had three a days dur- 
ing the pre season and we worked 
hard every second of it." 

The team finished with an over- 
all record of 10-17. 

Part of the problem last year 
was the depth of the team. 

The volleyball rotated about 
seven players per match last year. 
Spann said, "We have high expecta- 
tions for our program, we have 12 
girls this year so we have depth un- 
like previous seasons." 

Spann added that she's very ex- 
cited about the season. 

The team added four newcom- 
ers that come from a background of 
good ball programs and have expe- 
rience so they are going to help out 
the program. 

The Lady Demons added two 
transfers, Lauren Peltier and Brit- 
tany Fruge 

Junior Middle Blocker/ outside 
Hitter Brittany Fruge earned sec- 
ond team all conference honors as a 
freshman and first team all confer- 
ence honors as a sophomore at Pa- 
nola College. 

At Galveston College, Junior 
Setter Lauren Peltier earned first 

team all-conference her sophomore 
year and second team all-confer- 
ence her freshman year. 

"Lauren is the all-around vol- 
leyball player that every coach 
wants on their team," Uffelman said. 
"She can play every position, in- 
cluding setter. She will bring depth 
and ball control to our program." 

The team also recruited two 
freshmen players. 

MB Sarah Jones and OH Ni- 
cole Hajka, both from Texas, bring 
something new to the team Spann 

Hajka was named the Vista 
Ridge MVP and was a member of 
the Mizuno National Champion- 
ship team in 2008. 

"This is by far the best group 
of recruits I've signed since being 
here." Uffelman said. 

The Lady Demons opened the 
season last Tuesday against a Loui- 
siana Tech team who already had 
four games under their belt. 

The home opener was a lost 
3-0 but positive things can be taken 
from the game. 

The team was without the se- 
nior leadership of starter Markie 
Robichau but freshman Nicole Haj- 
ka led the team with ten digs and 
five kills. 

For Spann, the goals are to win 
conference this year and make our 
first NCAA appearance. 

"We are getting team chemistry 
more and more everyday and that's 
going to carry over to the court and 
help us become extremely success- 
ful!" Spann said. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Laranda Spann (14) getting 
ready to spike the ball down 
on a Lady Bulldog in a three 
set to none loss. 

Good start to a marathon season 

Courtsey of Sports Info: 

Three top 10 finishes, headed by 
a fifth-place showing from sopho- 
more Lawana Perkins and freshman 
Karensa Ellis in the women's race, 
headlined Northwestern State's per- 
formances in the season-opening 

McNeese State cross country relay 
race at the Enos Derbonne recre- 
ation facility Friday evening. 

Perkins and Ellis ran a 22:17 
time over 6,000 meters, finishing 
fifth among 21 tandems in the wom- 
en's division. For the Demons, fresh- 
man Josh Crandell and junior Cam- 

eron Mehl were tops, taking ninth 
among 20 duos with an 18:49 time, 
one second ahead of teammates 
Dusty Dischler, a junior, and fresh- 
man Kyle Lessig. 

Next Saturday, Northwestern 
runs at Louisiana-Monroe, then goes 
to Louisiana Tech on Sept. 28. 

The times, they are a-changin' 

Iriane Mccray 

Sauce Reporter 

"In all of my fourteen years at 
NSU, I have never seen a budget cut 
this drastic," NSU Athletic Director 
Greg Burke said. 

Many athletic directors in the 
Southland Conference can strongly 
agree with Burke's statement. 

Being that Northwestern State's 
budget has been cut $423,000 in this 
2009-2010 school year, opposed to 
the 2008-2009 cut of $350,000. 

Due to this drastic decline in the 
athletic budget, the athletic depart- 
ment has been working diligently to 
assure students and faculty that posi- 
tive changes will come. 

Since the news of the decrease 
in athletic funds, the athletic de- 
partment has been approaching the 
problem with a positive outlook. 

Although this is a very unfortu- 
nate situation, they are still unified 
and stronger than before. 

When speaking with Burke 
about the effects the budget cuts 
have had on the athletic department, 
he added that the best is yet to come,. 

"If athletics is about adversity, 
we should demonstrate it now than 
ever before," Burke said. 

Burke plans to improve the situ- 
ation by continuing to motivate the 
Athletic Department to help itself 
overcome this budget crisis. 

Even though this budget crisis 
appears to be overwhelming, the 
NSU Athletic Department has not 
made any compromises. 

Female athletes are still staying 
in hotels with indoor access when 
playing at away games, and scholar- 
ships have not had any decrease due 
to the budget decline. 

The department's most critical 
duty is to assure the students that 
they are the most important asset to 
Northwestern State University. 

They have been doing their very 
best to uphold that under these cir- 

"What we really want to accom- 
plish is for students not the feel the 
cuts," Associate Director of Athletics 
William Broussard said. 

Broussard also went on to add 
that the Department of Athletics is 
doing more with less and has never 
faced a test like this. 

Along with the new attitude of 
the Athletic Department, there are 
new attractions to match. 

The most recognized attraction 
is the brand new football field at Tur- 
pin Stadium, painted in purple and 
orange to uplift the spirit of the NSU 
Football Team and Demon Fans. 

However, the field at Turpin Sta- 
dium did not cost the university any- 
thing and did not interfere with the 
athletic budget. 

Other attractions are the NSU 
Band, Vic's Kid Zone, The Super 
Venue, NSU Tailgating and the eco- 
nomic value of the tickets. 

During this athletic crisis, ev- 
eryone is looking on the bright side, 
including the students. 

Sophomore linebacker Derek 
Rose of explained that the budget 
cuts have had little to no effect on 
the students and the coaches are do- 
ing a good job to make everything as 
normal as possible. 

"Since I have been at North- 
western the athletic department has 
treated me good," Rose said. 

He also explains that the budget 
cuts have not interfered with his full 



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Students feel strain of budget cuts 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Since the beginning of the uni- 
versity's major budget cuts, 
NSU President Randall Webb's 
top priority has been to keep the cuts 
from impacting students as much as 

Although they worked hard to 
meet this goal, Webb said he and his 
officials were forced to directly im- 
pact two groups of students on cam- 
pus: students looking for on-campus 
employment and graduate students 
looking for assistantships. 

As part of the 2009-10 budget 
reduction plan, NSU has eliminated 
funding for graduate assistantships 
by $80,000 and has frozen student 
employment, resulting in fewer work 
hours and less income for student 

Webb said he regretted hav- 
ing to make cuts that would affect 
students so strongly, but added that 
because NSU's operating cost makes 
up about 70 percent of the budget, it 
was a logical decision to make cuts 
in that area. 

"When we had to make adjust- 
ments to the budget, personnel is the 
first place we looked at," Webb said. 

Steve Horton, the dean of grad- 
uate studies and research, said that 
as a result of the cuts in funding he 
had to reduce the number of gradu- 
ate assistants by eight. 

Horton explained that a gradu- 
ate assistantship is an award given 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

Student employees stuff recruitment envelopes in South Hall. 

to graduate students in the form of a 
$10,000 annual stipend. 

In their assistantships, stu- 
dents work about 20 hours a week 
by teaching, researching or assisting 
with campus services. 

Graduate assistantships are 
valuable to NSU, because with their 
training, they can fill holes in lower 
teaching and administration roles, 
Horton said. 

Horton said, however, he is not 
too worried about the present situa- 


He said currently there are only 
15 graduate students who applied 
for an assistantship and did not get 
one, and in the past, everyone on the 
waiting list for an assistantship has 
been able to eventually get one by the 
end of the academic year. 

This is because throughout the 
year students already in graduate 
assistantships will drop off for vari- 
ous reasons and open up spaces for 
those on the waiting list, Horton ex- 


"I'm confident that when it is all 
said and done, we will have things 
taken care of Horton said. 

He added, however, that if cuts 
continue to hit his department in the 
future, then more action would have 
to be taken. 

"If things continue to worsen, 
I will fight to keep numbers from 
dropping even more," Horton said. 

Webb explained that in the case 
of student employment, the same 

amount of funding has been allo- 
cated as last year, but the difference 
is that the state's minimum wage has 

As a result of funding not in- 
creasing with minimum wage, stu- 
dent employees cannot work as 
many hours as they have in the past, 
Webb said. 

Madison Wakefield, a student 
employee for the office of Student 
Services and Judicial Affairs, said 
she has noticed since she first began 
working for the university two years 
ago a change in the number of hours 
employees are able to work. 

Wakefield, a junior home inte- 
rior design major, said that recently, 
there are times where only one stu- 
dent employee works in the office. 

In the past, she said up to three 
workers have worked at a time. 

Tobin Johnson, a senior biology 
major, works with Wakefield and 
said she is just trying to make the 
best of things. 

"I'm just rolling with it," John- 
son said. 

"Student employment allows us 
to work around our school schedule, 
which is very convenient." 

Webb said that in the future, 
NSU officials will continue to mini- 
mize the effects of budget cuts on 
students, but added that he thinks 
they have done an effective job thus 

"I think we're taking good care 
of our students, their scholarships 
and financial aid, and that will not 
change," Webb said. 

NSU classes expand to 'wild blue yonder' 

Shelita Dalton 

Staff Reporter 

NSU is extending its reach to 
Barksdale Air Force Base. 
The proposal to offer cours- 
es on the base has been approved by 
NSU and Barksdale officials. 

There will be programs present- 
ed through the College of Nursing 
and the College of Business. 

According to a press release 
from the News Bureau, additional 
programs could be offered in the fu- 
ture depending on demand. 

Online degree programs will 
also be available. 

Courses will be accessible for indi- 
viduals on the base, along with civil- 
ians that are within the Shreveport- 
Bossier area. 

"I feel wonderful about it," said 
Darlene Williams, the vice president 
for technology, research and eco- 
nomic development. 

"This to me is just an extension 
to what we are doing with Fort Polk 
already in reaching out to Barksdale 
and it's about meeting a need." 

Williams said there were stu- 
dents who wanted to continue their 
education and to begin pursuing an 
education and opportunities like 
these make it possible for them to do 

The process of getting the pro- 
grams implemented on base began 
when NSU was contacted by the 
education center at Barksdale. 

NSU had been in communica- 
tion with Barksdale and then they 
decided to issue a request for pro- 
posals, which allows institutions to 
write proposals to offer programs on 

"We developed and drafted the 
request for proposals, we submitted 
them, they went through a rigorous 
review process and then we were 
notified that our two programs [The 
College of Business and The College 
of Nursing] were selected to be of- 
fered there on site," Williams said. 

Now that the proposals have 
been approved, there will be an of- 
ficial signing of the Memorandum of 
Understanding between Barksdale 
and NSU. 

This will take place on Sept. 22, 

NSU President Randall Webb 
says that having a presence on Barks- 
dale Air Force Base is beneficial to 
NSU as a whole. 

"This also affords us an oppor- 
tunity to advertise on base the 25 de- 
gree programs Northwestern offers 
totally online," he said in an email 

"We hope this opens up another 
strategic student market for our pro- 

grams and services." 

Williams said NSU has plans to 
offer classes on other military bases 
in the future. She said they are cur- 
rently looking at Fort Meade for the 
journalism department. 

"We are in initial discussions 
with that group, to determine exactly 
what we're going to be doing with 
that, but ultimately it's going to focus 
on journalism and it's a great oppor- 
tunity for Northwestern," Williams 

"It's a great opportunity for 
those individuals who are a part of 
that program to be able to earn cred- 
it, as they are working through their 
program with the military." 

Suspected swine flu 
spreads on campus 


David Royal 

News Editor 

Stephanie Campbell, the director 
of heath services at NSU, said it 
is her belief that there are still 
around 60 students on campus with 
flu-like symptoms that are more than 
likely cases of the H1N1 influenza. 

NSU Health Services treated 
the first student two weeks ago, and 
since then, Campbell said her staff 
has been busy caring for numerous 
students with symptoms that match 
the H1N1 virus, also known as the 
swine flu. 

Although Campbell and her 
staff are unable to confirm it, Camp- 
bell said she suspects that most of 
the students that have come to NSU 
Health Services are carrying the 
swine flu virus - only those who are 
hospitalized are actually tested for 
the virus. 

Before the flu-like symptoms 
began spreading across campus, 
Campbell explained that on a busy 
day, she and her staff only saw about 
30 students. 

In the past two weeks, however, 
Campbell said NSU Health Services 

has been averaging about 50 students 
a day - up to 76 were treated in one 
day last week. 

To help eliminate the outbreak, 
Campbell said there are two simple 
steps that can be followed that will 
make a huge difference. 

"I think it's still important for 
people to stay home if they're sick 
and to continue to wash their hands 
with soap and water," Campbell said. 

Additionally, Maxim Health 
will be offering the seasonal flu vac- 
cine on Sept. 29 and 30 in the lobby 
of Friedman Student Union from 1 1 
a.m. to 4 p.m., Campbell said. 

There will be a $30 charge for a 

Campbell also said that NSU has 
registered with the State of Louisiana 
Dept. of Health and Hospitals to re- 
ceive the H1N1 influenza vaccina- 
tion once it becomes available. 

The vaccination is expected to 
arrive in late Oct. or early Nov. 

Campbell said the vaccinations 
are clearly the best solution for NSU's 
current situation. 

"I strongly suggest that students 
receive the vaccine as soon as it be- 
comes available," Campbell said. 

- Senate voted to stipulate the requirements for voting in any SGA election to "any North- 
western State University student who takes at least one hour on the Natchitoches campus," 

instead of anyone who pays the SGA fee. 

- SGA Senator, Homecoming and Mr. and Miss NSU election date announced to be Sept. 

23, 2009. 

- Election board was appointed, and election chair was chosen. 

Disciplinary and judicial affairs committee members appointed. 

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Life Editor 
September 16, 2009 

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All of the Coca-Cola tops Watson Library has collected so far this semester. 

Optimism in face of budget crisis 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Reporter 

Despite major university cut- 
backs in funding, Watson 
Library is going strong. 
This year, the staff is working 
hard to ensure that students will con- 
tinue to have many resources avail- 
able to them academically, as well as 
for their leisure time. 

In order to retain the most aca- 
demic journals in lieu of budget cuts, 
the library decided to use the Coke 
Rewards Program sponsored by Co- 
ca-Cola to save money. 

Nina Kay, a technical processes 
staff member, suggested the program 
to her co-workers after using it per- 

Coke Rewards is a website 
where people can enter special codes 
found under the lids and in the boxes 
of Coke products and redeem them 
for points. 

Once enough points are accu- 
mulated, they can be traded for vari- 

ous prizes ranging from free Coke 
products and movie rentals to maga- 
zine subscriptions. 

Currently, the reward program 
offers magazine subscriptions as 
prizes for eight leisure magazines 
that the library was receiving, Head 
Librarian Elizabeth Graves said. 

Among these are Better Homes 
and Gardens, Popular Mechanics, 
Harper's Bazaar and Parents. 

The library decided to use the 
reward program for leisure maga- 
zines so they could focus more fund- 
ing on academic material. 

The library only needed 942 
points on the website to continue re- 
ceiving the subscriptions. 

The only drawback: users can 
only enter 120 codes per week. 

A student messenger was sent 
out in Aug. to inform students that 
the library would be collecting the 
Coke tops so they could continue 
providing as much as possible to the 
student body. 

The message encouraged stu- 

dents to help out as much as possible 
so the library would not have to can- 
cel the subscriptions. 

"Since the messenger with the 
flyer went out at the beginning of 
August, we have been overwhelmed 
with people dropping oft Coke lids 
and cut-outs," Graves said. 

"The points keep coming." 

Graves said she now receives 
daily e-mails containing codes, and 
students continue dropping off litis 
at the library. 

"Two students with individual 
Coke Rewards accounts wanted to 
donate points but could not because 
each had already put his points into 
his account," Graves said. 

She said the students used their 
accumulated points to order a sub- 
scription to GQ, Fitness, Cosmopoli- 
tan, Allure and Everyday Food with 
the library's address as the receiver. 

"It is evident to me that loyalty 
and family make up the true char- 
acter of Northwestern State Univer- 
sity," Graves said. 

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Austin Temple, dean of science 
and technology, was honored 
recently by President Randall 
Webb and NSU for his 45 
years of service and dedication. 

Temple started his career here 
at NSU as an assistant professor. 
From that point, he worked his way 
up through the ranks to professor 
of mathematics, university registrar, 
director of admissions, department 
head of mathematics, director of 
math and sciences. He is currently 
the dean of science and technology 
and has been for the past 14 years. 

Many important accomplish- 
ments have been made while Temple 
has been at NSU, but if you were to 
ask him, he would tell you that he 
was not alone. 

"I haven't done anything," he 
said,. "1 have had the opportunity to 
do things." 

He said he had the opportunity 
to accomplish things with the help 
and support of the people he has 
worked with. "I either took it and ran 
with it or I was given the opportunity 
to do it, and then I had other people 
to come in and assist me and make it 
work," Temple said. 

Temple has had the pleasure of 
working with six NSU presidents 
during his career. He started under 
John Kyser and is now working hap- 
pily with Webb. 

"I have had a lot of opportuni- 
ties to do things because of the presi- 
dents I served under." 

Through an e-mail interview 
Webb spoke highly of Temple. 

"Dr. Austin Temple came to 
Northwestern as a faculty member 
in mathematics at a time when 1 was 
a student in mathematics here." 

"After I returned to Northwestern 
and became president and affected 
a reorganization of the academic 

structure of the University, I ap- 
pointed Dr. Temple dean of the col- 
lege of science and technology, a po- 
sition he continues to hold." 

"I have found Austin Temple 
to be an excellent educator and aca- 
demic administrator; he is a leader 
with vision who is also a good man- 

If you were to ask Temple what 
he was proudest to have accom- 
plished, he would probably tell you 
one of five things. The first would 
be the book that he and a colleague 
wrote together. The two took the 
royalties they earned and established 
a fund for travel for the faculty of 

These funds gave the mathemat- 
ics faculty of NSU the opportunity 
to attend national meetings, be ex- 
posed to new and fresh ideas, make 
presentations and be participants in 
research and activities of mathemat- 
ics on a national scale. 

Temple can also take pride in 
knowing that he and his colleagues 
are the reason NSU has tutoring ses- 
sions now. The program started out 
providing students with math tutor- 
ing, and it continued to grow from 
there. Temple thinks NSU was the 
first school in the state to offer such a 

Then there is the Institute of 
Space Science Group, which is de- 

voted to offering supplemental in- 
struction to middle school teachers 
using space science as a vehicle to 
pique their students' interest. NASA 
was relied upon for the materials. 
The program was broadcast through 
Louisiana public television, and later 
nationwide. The Internet is now used 
to broadcast the program and the in 
structional materials involved. NSU 
received several national awards for 
this program. 

Another program that came 
along about the same time as the 
Space Science Group was an under- 
grad research program for those ma- 
joring in math, chemistry and phys- 
ics. Another NASA program, it is 
called the loint Venture Program. In 
this program, students are partnered 
with a scientist to help support re- 
search and studies in an area of their 

NASA later cut funding for the 
program, but NSU picked up the 
funding. NSU provides scholarships 
for this ongoing program. Students 
come in their freshmen, sophomore, 
and sometimes their junior year and 
are assigned to a faculty member to 
do research. 

"It has been a terrific program," 
Temple said. 

And finally, during Temple's ten- 
ure, NSU established a relationship 
with a group in Shreveport called 
the Child and Family Network. This 
nonprofit organization provides tre- 
mendous leadership in the area of 
childcare. It provides courses, schol- 
arships and referral sys'ems in the 
childcare field. 

"It's not the number of years 
you've been somewhere, it's what 
you have done throughout the years," 
Temple said. 

"Anything I have done and any- 
thing I have been successful with has 
been because of the support of the 
administration and the support of 
the people 1 have worked with." 

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Increasing options for 
dining on campus 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Reporter 

Quality and more options are 
available in NSU dinning 
hall this semester 
According to many stu- 
dents, the food services offered at 
NSU are improving. 

The three dinning facilities 
available on campus are Iberville 
Hall located next University Place 
Phases I and II, Vic's and Grill 155 
located in Freidman Student Union. 

Iberville, referred to as the caf- 
eteria by many students, has made 
several changes to their services. The 
grill section of the cafeteria was fin- 
ished last spring and gives students 
more choices for their meals. Stu- 
dents' food is now cooked in front of 
them as it is ordered in this section 
of the cafeteria. 

Some students prefer the variety 
of hot meals or pizza selection served 
daily, although the pizzas have disap- 
pointed some. 

"The pizzas aren't always cooked 
right," sophomore business major 
Nick Simons said. 

"I prefer the hamburger and hot 
meal selection when the lines are not 
too long." 

Sodexo General Manager 
Charles Lear expressed that Iberville 
will be hosting special stations this 
year to keep variety and fun flowing. 
Look for Sundae, BBQ, Caesar, and 
Fondue Bars to arrive during Sept. 

"This year we are focusing on 
adding variety to the board plan in 
hopes of keeping student taste buds 
stimulated in every way we can." 

"In addition to the core menus 
there will be limited time offers on 
the Deli, Grill and Pizza lines in 
Iberville to enhance the variety of 
these stations." 

Lear has started a new program 
in Iberville called "reward yourself." 
Lear said that the program involves 
students paying an extra $4 along 
with their meal plan. 

Then, they are allowed to, "enjoy 
an upscale cuisine such as steak and 
shrimp with trimmings which we 
had last Friday." 

"The students loved it and we 
sold out very quickly." 

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Students waiting in line for their steak and shrimp dinners. 

Vic's and Grill 155 offer a differ- 
ent selection of meals than the caf- 

Vic's variety of meals is a favor- 
ite of students like junior theatre ma- 
jor Ansley Hughes who said, "there's 
definitely more of a variety to choose 

Hughes said she usually eats 
there every day, and that, "it's gotten 
better since the start of last [school] 

Lear said his goal for Grill 155 is 
to make it a place for fun and about 
the spirit of NSU. 

An addition made to Vic's was 
the Cajun Cuisine line. Lear said that 
the new meal line intends on, "giv- 
ing students a taste of Cajun cuisine 

Grill 155, located on the first 
floor of the Student Union, serves a 

slightly different menu than Vic's. 

This facility was not opened un- 
til last spring semester. Since then, it 
has served not only hamburgers and 
fries, but also chicken tenders, fried 
jalapenos and other grilled and fried 

"There will also be televisions 
there that will have cable," Lear said. 

Sodexo plans on connecting DVD 
players to these televisions and re- 
play athletic and campus events of 

Lear said that the School of Lou- 
isiana Math and Science will be hav- 
ing some of its students help paint 
the walls of Grill 155. "The school 
will use this as a class project and 
Sodexo will reimburse them for their 
supplies in tough economic times," 
Lear said. "It's a win win." 

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The NSU Speech and Debate team is raising money to 
honor former debate coach Ralph Ropp. 

Debate team seeks funding 

Sarah Person 

Staff Reporter 

NSU alumnus Ted Roberts 
plans to honor his former 
debate coach. Roberts al- 
ready has established a rhetoric and 
debate professorship but now plans 
to lead a fund raising campaign for 
a second professorship to recognize 
distinguished NSU professor and 
debate coach, Dr. Ralph Ropp, who 
later was President of Louisiana Tech 

"Dr. Ralph Ropp was my debate 
coach when I was a student at NSU, 
and a wonderful and inspiring men- 
tor to me and others on the debate 
team," Roberts said. "Thus, I rec- 
ommended that we establish a fund 

raising program in his honor aimed 
at producing enough for another 
professorship named for him." 

Roberts's contributions will help 
reinvigorate the debate program but 
more is needed. Former NSU debat- 
ers will be solicited since it was once 
an important part of their lives. 

Financial problems such as Lou- 
isiana's budget cuts have affected the 
NSU Speech and Debate program. 

Due to these cuts, NSU's debate 
team hasn't been able to attend re- 
gional and national forensics tourna- 
ments outside of the tri-state (Loui- 
siana, Texas, and Arkansas) area. 

Assistant Professor in Commu- 
nications and Co- Director of Foren- 
sics Jon Crogan appreciates any sup- 
port the program can get. 

"Most forensics coaches would 
like for their programs to be better 
funded since they are often the first 
programs to get cut when there is a 
university shortfall, but Tammy and 
I have been very fortunate to have 
the support of NSU alumnus, like 
Mr. Ted Roberts, as well as the fac- 
ulty and staff at Northwestern State 
University since the Speech and De- 
bate Team was revived from its de- 
cade-long slumber," Crogan said. 

The debate team needs funds 
to attend more tournaments to re- 
gain status as a national and regional 

Crogan and his wife Tammy 
coach the debate team but do not 
receive any monetary stipend for 
the long weekends spent judging or 
coaching these tournaments but do 
it because they love it. 

"Mr. Roberts's vigorous sup- 
port of the NSU Speech and Debate 
program hopefully reminds all of us 
that forensics is important not only 
for the Northwestern and Scholars' 
students currendy involved but for 
the university and community as a 
whole", Crogan said. 

Roberts's involvement in speech 
and debate gave him valuable skills. 

"It helped me develop confi- 
dence in public speaking, taught me 
to look at both sides of important 
questions in evaluating important is- 
sues and improved my ability to do 
research", he said. Roberts also said 
the NSU Debate Team has been un- 
derfunded for years. 

"We need to provide sufficient 
financial support to make it possible 
for them to compete on a level play- 
ing field on a national basis as they 
did in some past years when their 
performance was excellent," Roberts 

"Private support is particularly 
important now that overall state 
funding for the university is being 
reduced substantially." 







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on bro- 
ken glass, Sleeping 
Beauty let a whole 
lifetime pass, Belle 
fell in love with a 
hideous Beast, Jas 
mine married a common thief, Ar 
iel walked on land for love and life, 
Snow White barely escaped a knife. 
It was all about blood, sweat and 
tears because love means facing your 
biggest fears." 

I don't know who said that nor 
where it originated, but it crossed my 
Facebook a few times recently and 
made me sit down and think. 

I adore Disney princess movies. 
I like sitting on the couch with my 
roommate and some of our friends 
eating ice cream and singing along 
with the princesses. The stories are 
always the same, but they still man- 
age to tug at the heart strings. 

The princesses are beautiful 
women who in some way fought for 
what they wanted in life and found 
a prince during their journeys. As a 
young girl, those tales always seemed 
to bring hope for tomorrow on a 
rainy day. 

But it is not their fight that 
captures me today. Instead it is the 
princes that came to their side. 

Society has changed what is 
considered appropriate for relation- 
ships. The communication between 
men and women has taken a down- 
hill plummet. 

Most men no longer come with 
sword and shield to women's aid. In- 
stead, women tend to need a shield 
to protect them from the men who 
seek their attention. 

In the past two months I have 
learned two lessons about men: 

1) Don't offer them a banana 
because that means you are easy and 
that you are willing to give them 
more than simply a piece of fruit (es- 
pecially if you just met). 

2) It doesn't matter how old he 
is, he still fails to think with anything 
other than his penis. 

These two lessons have per- 
plexed me and troubled me for some 
time now. It might just be that my re- 
ality has been diluted by the fairytale 
fantasies seen in chick flicks and Dis 
ney movies. 

But regardless, I shouldn't need 
to lower my expectations because 
of society's failure to communicate. 
It doesn't matter how many fairy- 
tales you induldge in, some of dating 
techniques are just not appropriate. 

Both of my lessons were en- 
dured during a first encounter with 
a man. Neither time was 1 trying to 
seduce anyone or ignite a conversa • 

tion or even look his way. 

The first lesson I was walking 
across campus with my breakfast 
that I didn't want and apparently 
some random fellow did. He didn't 
take the banana, but he did manage 
to take my dignity for the day with 
a snide comment that referenced a 
"cat" and me being easy. Little did I 
know that giving someone a banana 
made you easy, but perhaps it wasn't 
an apple that caused the fall of man. 

It would be nice to say that is the 
only time my dignity was stolen in a 
conversation, but it happened previ- 
ously about month earlier. 

I was working an event when a 
man approached me for what I as- 
sumed was innocent conversation. 
Let's just say the conversation didn't 
end well, hut at the end of the eve- 
ning I had a business card in my 
pocket "in case I got frisky." — Yes, 
the 50-something-year-old man left 
his business card after learning he 
wasn't going to "get lucky" just in 

It would be wonderful to blame 
this communication failure on men. 
But that would be wrong because 
women are also at fault. 

Women want to be desired and 
wanted. Many spent part of their 
childhoods watching the same prin- 
cess movies dreaming of Prince 
Charming. But the problem is that 
they convinced themselves that 
Prince Charming was simply a man 
for their dreams. 

To quote a friend, "there are no 
Prince Charmings. All you can hope 
for is someone who would treat you 
like a princess." 

But women choose to settle for 


They look at men today and 
accept derogatory comments and 
remarks because they think it is the 
only attention men will pay them. 
Women think they need to wear 
short shorts, low cleavage, and 
mounds of make up and perfume to 
be captivating. 

But they don't. 

"Good boys" are convinced they 
are eternally screwed because the 
"bad boys" out there have ruined the 
persona of men. 

Women now desire the "bad 
boy" because they desire some at- 
tention and affection, but they fail to 
realize they are just encouraging the 
crass comments and catcalls. 

Women, as a whole, deserve 
more than what they are settling 
for. Men, as whole, need to learn the 
meaning of respect. 

But until both sexes realize their 
faults, we will forever continue fruit- 
lessly dreaming of Prince Charming. 

Disney Princesses traveled and 
lost a lot in their journey to their 
prince. How much are you willing to 
lose to find yours? 

Sarah Cramer 

Guest Columnist 

Sunday night, 
as I did 
my hourly 
Facebook login, 
I was bombarded 
by an array of sta- 
tuses, all saying 
something nega- 
tive about Kanye West, followed by 
something along the lines of "go Tay- 
lor Swift." 

Being the out-of-the-loop gal 
that I am, I had not the slightest idea 
what was going on, nor that it had 
anything to do with the MTV Video 
Music Awards. 

I didn't even know the VMAs 
were on. Thank goodness for search 
engines and YouTube videos to catch 
me up on the latest celebrity happen- 

For those of you, like me, who 
did not tune in to watch the VMAs 
Sunday evening, Taylor Swift won 
the award for best female video and 

Kanye West proved to be anything 
but happy for her. 

He stormed on stage, taking the 
microphone from her hands, pro- 
claiming, "Beyonce had one of the 
best videos of all time." 

Who cares if Taylor truly de- 
served the award? Being a huge fan 
of not only her but also her video, 
"You Belong With Me," I believe she 

But, honestly, that's not the 

What about behaving like a re- 
spectable 32-year-old human being? 
What about congratulating a fellow 
artist on her accomplishments? Or 
how about not talking out of turn? 

No one asked Kanye his prefer- 
ence of who had the best female vid- 
eo, and I really believe no one cared. 

I saw some Facebook statuses 
and several comments under the 
video MTV posted of this incident 
saying Kanye's outburst was a result 
of his own racism toward white peo- 
ple, or that he was just "acting like a 
black guy." 

Really? For all of you who made 
similar claims, let's put racism aside 
for just a moment. 

I'm not denying Kanye clearly 
finds Beyonce's music more desirable 
than Taylor Swift's, or possibly any 
country music for that matter, but it 
is not fair to blame his actions on his 

We witnessed this same sort of 
behavior from Rep. Joe Wilson, a 
white man, just last week when he 
shouted, "You lie!" during President 
Obama's speech on Health Care Re- 

If Kanye was acting out as a re- 
sult of his race, what's Wilson's ex- 
cuse? Perhaps being black or white 
doesn't influence such behavior, but 
rather one's own manners and re- 
spect for others. 

It is obvious Wilson did not 
agree with what the president was 
saying, just as Kanye disagreed with 
MTV's choice of best female video, 
but there is a time and place to voice 
such opinions. Neither the Radio 
City Music Hall nor the Capitol was 

the appropriate place. 

Needless to say, after this in- 
cident, my eyes stayed glued to the 
VMAs. I witnessed Beyonce receiv- 
ing the best video of the year award, 
and all I could think was, "Congrats, 
Kanye, on being the biggest idiot of 
the year." 

After throwing such a hissy-fit 
on stage, complaining that Beyonce 
should have won best female video, ■ 
she won best video! 

I honestly hope he felt stupid, 
especially after she allowed Taylor 
Swift to have her moment. What a 
lady, that Beyonce. . 

Granted, Kanye West did apolo- 
gize to the country singer, but that 
can only take him so far out of this 
mess. Such an act of rudeness and ut- 
ter disrespect far outweighs a couple 
of apologies. 

So how about this: let's brush 
up on our manners and practice cel- 
ebrating each other in one another's \ 

At least that way, we can avoid 
looking like complete fools. 

Opinionated Spirits: Shampoo Effect 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Columnist 

I've discussed 
last week the 
process of re- 
covering from and 
progressively mas- 
tering the hang- 
over, but there are 
some instances 
when just a recovery is not good 
enough. Some parties are not over in 
a single night. 

Events like Mardi Gras, Christ- 
mas Festival or birthday weekends 
require more drinking throughout 
a longer period. This leads to con- 
tinued intoxication from one day to 
the next, and the best method to fix 
the brutal hangovers that tend to fol- 
low these events is to start drinking 

Utilizing the "shampoo effect" 
is the best way to go about keeping 
your buzz on a multiple-day binge. 

I admit, before anyone gives me 
credit, that I didn't come up with 
the title of this useful and proven 
method of continued intoxication. 
My sister came up with the title after 
years of first-hand accounts and ex- 

Like many great ideas, she 
stumbled upon it going through her 
daily routine as it was right in front 
of her eyes every day. 

The name "shampoo effect" is 
literally named after the hair cleans- 
ing gel that we use when we shower. 

Imagine if you will that you 
have just splashed a glob of sham- 
poo slightly smaller than the palm of 
your hand. You lather it in your hair 
and sensually rub it through your 

strands and around your scalp as it 
drips down with the rest of the warm 
water rolling off your body. 

After rinsing it thoroughly out 
of your hair, some are finished wash- 
ing their hair while others choose to 
repeat the process, as recommended 
on many shampoo bottles. Those 
people who repeat can attest that 
the glob of shampoo used during 
the first cycle is quite larger than re- 
quired for the second. 

It only takes a small dab of sham - 
poo for the repeat cycle, and your 
hair is just as lathered up as it was 
when you placed a larger amount of 
shampoo in it the first time. 

This is the essence of the sham- 
poo effect. 

Less is not always more, unless 
you know how to drink properly. 

Imagine again, if you will, that 
you have just woken up from a long 
night with a headache that you have 
no recollection of how you got it. 

Like I have said before, the taste, 
smell or even appearance of alcohol 
will cause premature regurgitation 
for some drinkers during a hangover. 
If one can dare to continue drinking 
again, however, it will not take much 
to get that buzz back. 

Men might have to slum a bit 
and try a rather girly drink, but 
this is acceptable for newbies hav- 
ing trouble in the morning. Bloody 
Marys might be a more acceptable 
choice for experienced drinkers. 

You finish one drink. Each baby 
sip bit at your stomach and liver, but 
they begin healing. You start to feel 
a little better and even a warm tickle 
inside as you think to yourself, "Well 
that wasn't so bad." As you begin 
your second drink, you start to wake 

Photo Illustration by Andrew Rordelon/lbe Current Sauce 

up more. 

By the end of it you feel even 
better, much better. The buzz has 
come back, and by the end of the 
third drink, chances are you will be 
close to being as drunk as you were 
the night before. 

It did not take the amount of 
drinks as it did the previous night or 
a tab at Antoon's that says you'll be 
eating Easy Mac for the next week or 

At that moment in the morning, 
you can smile in victorious joy over 

the lightweights who have spent a 
considerably less amount of money 
than you have at the bar. 

Now you know how it feels to 
be heavily inebriated while spend- 
ing very little money to do so. All it 
took was a little dab, just like in the 

This proves how the shampoo 
effect is not only effective, but re- 
warding as well. It helps with drink- 
ing financial management and con- 
tinued intoxication on necessary 

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Find the courage to spit water on stage 

Paul Randall Adams 
Guest Columnist 

A three-year- 
old violinist 
stood with 
next to Andre Rieu 
in 2005 and pre- 
pared to play a solo 
with the world-re- 
nowned Johann Strauss Orchestra. 

He stood in his coat tails, tiny 
violin in hand, when he decided that 
he wanted to show the audience of 
more than 3,000 people a trick that 
he could do with a bottle of water. 

With pride, he took a swig of 
water, stuck the bottle to his ear and 
spit it out at his feet. 

The audience laughed, Akim en- 
joyed himself. Everybody was happy. 

It makes -one wonder — at what 
point does one stop being able to 
merely be himself and instead be 
what society plans for him to be? 
As a society, it seems that we 

are more worried about what oth- 
ers think of us than what we think 
of ourselves. We often sacrifice our 
own beliefs, our own desires, to be 
the "successful" product of society. 

I catch myself stopping and 
thinking about what others would 
think of me if I did something, 
said something, wrote something. 
I sometimes reconsider my dreams 
because they seem lofty, irrational 
and childish to those around me. 

Why do we allow ourselves to be 
redefined by our peers? 

Sometimes I wish people would 
be less social, less affected by others. 
Sometimes people need to listen to 
only themselves. 

This world would have gone no- 
where if we had listened to the judg- 
ments of others. 

Stagnant societies die young. 

But I think the greater prob- 
lem here is the expectations that we 
hold for one another. We don't find it 
enough to simply expect friendship 

and go about our ways. Our friends 
must have the same goals as we do, 
want the same things as us. They 
must fall in the same social circles as 
we do and like the same TV shows. 

We've become a society of 
clones, a society of look-alikes. 

We hold each other to impossi 
ble standards. We disown those who 
say embarrassing things. We call out 
those who do embarrassing things. 

We have this higher-than 
mighty feeling that anything our 
friends do reflects on us. 

I think it's time for me to point 
out that people don't truly care what 
your friends do. 

The things they do don't really 
have a bearing on the world around 
you, except to maybe embarrass you 
for a minute or two. 

Your friends can only humiliate 
you if you allow them that power. 

You can't expect them to follow 
your set of expectations. You can't 
expect people to follow the param 

eters that you set for life. 

We complain that our parents 
thrust their dreams upon us, and our 
teachers press unrealistic expecta- 
tions on us. 

Some of us have to live in the 
shadows of our siblings who did 
great things; some of us have to be 
the example for our younger siblings. 

We grumble because we get 
stuck in these roles that are prepared 
for us, and yet we thrust those same 
expectations on those around us. 

Sometimes, it's really okay to 
spit water at our feet before a crowd 
of thousands. 

Sometime- it's okay to sing 
loudly and obnoxiously in the car, 
despite who's riding with you. It's 
okay to screw up sometimes, and not 
fear being judged by the world. 

The time we have is too short to 
be concerned with what others think 
about us. There comes a time in our 
lives when we have to break out of 
the role that society's placed upon us. 


Andy Bullard 
wbullardOO 1 

Sports Editor 
September 16, 2009 

with the 
Bull: WTF 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 


'm going to start off by saying 
that I have always been a big fan 
of NSU sports. 

I have al- 
ways tried to find 
the light at the 
end of the tunnel 
and turn posi- 
tives into nega- 

H o w - 
ever, this time I 
feel there is a big 
problem as far as the football team 

Now, I know that Coach Peveto 
has his hands full with a bunch of 
freshmen and trying to get everyone 
to buy into his new scheme. 

I am also well aware that Coach 
Cooley has brought his high-pow- 
ered offense from UCA here to NSU, 
and he too doesn't quite have the 
personnel he needs to run his offense 

Having said all that, this year 
is going to be a rocky one to say the 

Now I know I said, only a few 
weeks ago that we would be good 
and win conference and all that jazz, 
but thus far I'm going to have to re- 
tract those statements. 

I just don't see how a team that 
had the best recuriting class in the 
FCS can still be playing, for lack of a 
better term, badly. 

There is a two-part reason as to 
why I'm being an Indian prognosti- 

First, it's because of the teams 
that we are playing. I don't know if 
you were aware that our bitter rival 
SFA just absolutely destroyed some- 
one this past weekend 92-0. 

On the same note our other 
bitter rival from Lake Charles, Mc- 
Neese State, just beat the perennial 
power-house App. State. 

On top of that Texas St., Sam 
Houston St. and Nicholls St. are al- 
ways dog fights anyways. 

Plus we have the joy of traveling 
to Waco to take on Baylor, again. 

The second reason is that its go- 
ing to take a lot longer for Peveto to 
get this team going than I had imag- 

The Houston game I'm giving a 
pass on, because well UH is now the 
21 s1 ranked team in the nation and 
just upset the number five Oklahoma 
St. in Stillwater. 

However, the Grambling game I 
cannot give a pass to. 

I know that Grambling has a 
good team, but this years GSU team 
is not as good as last years team, and 
we beat them. 

There is no reason that any team 
should have six turnovers in one 
game, I mean I could understand if 
you had six turnover in say four or 
five games. That is just ridiculous. 

Quarterback John Hundley had 
more interceptions thrown in this 
one game than he did all of last sea- 

Along with his four picks, NSU 
had two fumbles. 

I say all that to say that with the 
remaining schedule that NSU has, it 
honestly kinda scares me, because 
there is a chance we can start off 0-4 
or possibly even 0-6. 

And with the "Peveto Promise" 
there is a good chance people will be 
asking for their money back, and no 
one wants to lose money. With all 
that I have nothing against Coach 
Peveto. I'm just calling it like I see it. 

So, I really hope that I'm wrong 
and that Peveto and his coaching 
staff turns things around and wins 
out, that would be awesome and if it 
happens I'll be right here saying my 

And by no means do I think 
that the coaching staff is incapable of 
turning this season around. 

As I said before I'm hoping that 
they do. I just don't see it going that 
way though. 

The opinion expressed in this column 
are the views of the writer and not the 
Current Sauce 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Saftey (25) Wesley Eckles returning the second of his two interceptions in the 38-17 loss to Grambling State. 




Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

Saturday night was a tale of 
two halves for the North- 
western State demon football 


What seemed to be a game that 
would end in a close one, quickly be- 
came a game that made a wide turn 
in favor of the Grambling State Ti- 
gers with the final score being 38-17. 

NSU had their way with the 
Grambling State Tigers but by half- 
time, the Demons lead only 14-7 
thanks to three ineffective redzone 
trips and a fumble by Quentin Cas- 
tille that was returned 37 yards for a 
touchdown by Desmond Lenard. 

"I thought we dominated the 
first half and didn't have enough to 
show for it." Demon Head Coach 
Bradley Peveto said. "I can't remem- 
ber seeing a team score three de- 
fensive touchdowns, but they made 

those plays tonight and my hat is off 
to them." After halftime, the tigers 
picked up where they left off, making 
big defensive plays to keep them in 
the game and eventually jolting them 
pass the Demons. 

"You have to give Grambling 
credit for turning it around with the 
plays they made on defense," Peveto 

Demon quarterback John 
Hundley threw an interception to 
senior defensive end Christian An- 
thony. =Anthony returned the inter- 
ception for 14 yards then flipped the 
ball to Nigel Copeland who finished 
the last ten yards for a touchdown. 

On the ensuing demon drive, 
Hundley threw another interception 
to the same player, Christian Antho- 

This time, Anthony lined up at 
LE and returned the under thrown 
screen pass to pay dirt to give the 
Tigers a 21-14 lead only five minutes 
into the second half. 

"Christian Anthony is a great 

player." Peveto said. "We knew that 
coming in and anybody who didn't 
know, saw tonight." " 

He made some big-time plays 
that not a lot of other guys would 
have a shot at"." 

NSU was happy to see the end of 
a nightmare-esque third quarter but 
not before the tigers put three points 
on the board, extending their lead to 

The 37 yd field goal was the first 
non defensive points by GSU. 

"We took three big blows in a 
row there. We kept playing hard but 
we stopped making plays, Peveto 

There were some bright spots 
for the Demons in last Saturdays 
game. Newly aquired, via transfer, 
runningback Quentin Castille got 
his first 100-yard rushing game as a 
Demon, carrying the ball 18 times 
for a total of 106 yards and one 
touchdown. William Griffen also 
had a good game on the ground. 
He rushed for 78 yards and a touch- 

down on 15 carries. Griffen also had 
5 catches for 38 yards. 

The defense, despite the score, 
also played a good game, only allow- 
ing 10 points from the opposing of- 

It also forced four turnovers, 
two interceptions and two fumbles. 
The two interceptions were by saftey 
Wesley Eckles. 

The main weak point for NSU 
was the passing game. Quarterback 
John Hundley was 13 of 28 for 138 
yards and four interceptions, two 
of which were returned for touch- 

The offense, along with the four 
picks, coughed up the ball twice, 
both of which were returned for 
touchdowns. This Saturday, coach 
Peveto and the Demon football team 
try to keep their "promise" as the 
home opener kicks off at 6:00 p.m. 
at Turpin Stadium. They will face off 
against the North Dakota Fighting 
Sioux, who are 0-1, coming off of a 
38-13 beat down by Texas Tech. 

Cross Country off to a running start 

Courtsey of Sports Info: 

A week after posting the best 
time for the Northwestern 
State Lady Demon cross 
country team in a meet at McNeese, 
Karensa Ellis repeated her standings 
as the top Lady Demon finisher on 
Saturday at the Louisiana Tech Mook 
4 Invitational. 

Ellis was timed at 12:22 in the 4k 
race (2.5 miles), good enough for an 
eighth place overall finish. 

In team action, the meet consist- 
ed of NSU, McNeese State, Louisiana 
College and the host team, Louisiana 
Tech. NSU defeated Louisiana Col- 
lege in the dual results with 87 points 
toLC's231. NSU also defeated Tech 
(187) but fell to McNeese State (20). 

The Lady Demons had three 
runners place in the top 20 - Lawana 

Perkins (14th, 12:48) and Ali Fon- 
tenot(19th, 13:07). 

Also placing for NSU was Kirstie 
Jones (21st, 13:16), Redd Williams 
(25th, 13:34) and Brittany Culotta 
(45th, 16:31). 

Tulane's Rebecca Coady won the 
event with a time of 1 1:52 while Mc- 
Neese State took the next five places. 

On the men's side, Josh Crandell 
was the Demons' top finisher with a 
22:08 clocking in the four mile run 
for a 12th place finish. Dusty Dis- 
chler placed 15th at 22:18 and Cam- 
eron Mehl was timed at 22:42 for a 
19th place finish to round out the 
NSU top 20 finishers. 

McNeese State held down the 
top three individual places with 
Joshua Sawe taking the top honors 
with a 20:18 time. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

The cross country teams begins its meet at Louisiana Tech. 


Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

The 6-2 Lady Demon soccer 
team's impressive undefeat- 
ed homestand came to an 
end after losing to nationally ranked 
Oklahoma State. 

This, however, was not before 
they extended their home game win 
streak to 5-0 with a win over the 
Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 
Friday night at the Lady Demon Soc- 
cer Complex. 

Senior forwards Chelsea Gibbs 
and Maddy Hall led the team to a 2-0 
victory, improving upon the team's 
best start in school history. 

"We weren't familiar with the 
team but we knew we had to urgent 
and husde for 90 minutes." Chelsea 
Gibbs said. 

Gibbs, the reigning two-time 
Southland Conference Player of the 
Week, gave the Lady Demons some 
breathing room scoring from 27 feet 
out on a free kick with 15 seconds 
left in the first half. 

She currendy leads the team 
with five goals. 

"We work on free kicks all the 
time." Gibbs said. "It's important 
to score whenever possible. They 
weren't set and I played the opportu- 

"If you notice her goals, they 
come in big games," said Lady De- 
mons Head Coach Jimmy Mitchell. 
"She rises to the occasion. I chal- 
lenged her this week because I don't 
think she played very well on Sun- 
day. I think she responded and gave 
us a much better effort tonight." 

Maddy Hall put the game out of 
reach with her 30 yard strike in the 
72 nd minute. 

"That was a very difficult goal 
because she had to turn her hips so 
much," Mitchell said of Hall. "She 
was going away from the goal and 
had to turn on her plant foot in order 
to get that shot on goal." 

"One thing about Maddy is 
that she is very goal-oriented. As a 
forward, sometimes you have to be 
selfish and I don't mean that in a 
bad way. That time it paid off for us", 
Mitchell said. 

A shutout is not earned with 
just offense. The Lady Demon soccer 
team's defense play physical all night. 

Gibbs said, " We wanted to be 
aggressive and force mistakes on 
their end." 

Preseason All-Southland Con- 
ference goalie Lindy Strahan had six 
saves in 90 minutes of game play. 

Sunday, the lady demons suf- 
fered a lost at the hands of the Ok St. 

The match was closely contested 
on both ends but a controversial cor- 
ner kick in the 34 th minute gave Ok. 
St the lead. 

"I was really frustrated at the 
first goal," Mitchell said. "I felt like 
that broke our back a little bit. We 
gave up a corner kick and they fin- 
ished it. 

The match remained close until 
the final eight minutes of the game. 
The cowgirls scored two goals within 
that time frame putting the match 
out of reach and handing the lady 
demons its first shutout of the sea- 

"I thought our effort was tre- 
mendous, but we knew coming in 
that we needed to keep it within one 
goal," Mitchell said. "Our legs just 
gave out at the end. 

The Lady Demons end their 
four-game homestand Sunday 
against Tulsa. 

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NSU welcomes enrollment increase 

Shelita Dalton 

Staff Reporter 

Despite its diminishing budget. 
NSU is seeing an increase in 
NSU's enrollment numbers 
have risen to 9,247 - a population 
growth of 136 from last fall. 

"I think particularly, in an econ- 
omy like this, it gives you an addi- 
tional good feeling to know that the 
university is continuing to increase 
in enrollment," said NSU President 
Randall Webb. 

The group that experienced 
the most growth was the incoming 
freshmen class, with an increase of 
119. The transfer student population 
has also grown by 114. 

Milan Moore, a freshmen health 
and exercise science major, said she 
chose NSU because she was looking 
for a school with a good pre-physical 
therapy program. 

"I chose Northwestern after 
doing a lot of researching," Moore 
said. "Their program is more hands 
on, so I believe I'll be more prepared 
[when I graduate]." 

Some incoming students chose 
the university for other reasons. 

"My friend told me about the 
school, so I looked into it," said 
Lauren Lewis, freshmen journalism 
major. "1 was looking at the campus 
and 1 liked it." 

Lewis said she made her final 
decision after attending Freshmen 

Webb said the enrollment num- 
bers can be contributed to the uni- 
versity as a whole. 

"I hope our faculty, staff and 

Fall Enrollment Since 2000 


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Illustration by Jorge Cantu/ The Current Sauce 

students feel better because the en- 
rollment really is a reflection of all 
of us and our contributions to the 
university as to whether students arc 
finding that Northwestern is the ex- 
ceptional place we think it is or not," 
Webb said. 

"We'll continue to look at ways 
whereby we market the university." 

One step taken towards increas- 
ing the marketability of the universi- 
ty has been the newly redesigned In- 
ternet site. The site was introduced 
in early August. 

"[With the site] you get a sense 

of what we're trying to do because in 
a sense, it's kind of a long term effort 
for us," Webb said. 

"We hope it's more attractive 
and easier for students to use and 
that the info is more accurate and up 
to date." 

The hike in enrollment can po- 
tentially bring increased revenue to 
NSU. Although it could be minimal, 
Webb said the increase could at least 
help offset some budgetary prob- 

He added that one of the impor- 
tant things to focus on now is mak- 

ing sure the new students actually 

"We've got to ensure that we 
have such good programs, services 
and support for students that they 
will stay here year after year and 
graduate here, because we're going 
to be evaluated on the state level on 
our ability to do those things," Webb 

"Another important thing is for 
the students to be satisfied when they 
graduate and to be well pleased with 
the experience and the education 
they've had." 

SG A prepares to expand student fee spectrum 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Throughout the semester, the 
Student Government Associa- 
tion plans to gauge students' 
opinions and determine which NSU 
students will be assessed fees. 

SGA President Kayla Wingfield 
said, currently, only about 1 ,200 stu- 
dents pay university fees. The prob- 
lem, however, is that many of the 
other students, who do not pay fees, 
are still taking advantage of NSU's 

"This situation simply isn't 
fair," Wingfield said. 

Wingfield explained that the 
SGA cannot make much of a differ- 

ence, however, until the organization 
has a better idea of which students 
should be charged a fee. 

The SGA's constitution states 
that full-time and part-time are to 
pay the fee, but she added that the 
definition of those two types have 
changed since it was written. 

To solve the problem, the SGA 
will write a referendum that will 
clearly outline who is required to 
pay student fees, Wingfield said. 

At this point, Wingfield said she 
and her executive board plan to stip- 
ulate that if a student takes at least 
one credit hour on campus or lives 
within a 60 mile radius of the univer- 
sity's Natchitoches campus, then he 
or she will be charged student fees. 

"This referendum is for peo- 
ple who want to use our services 
or already do use our services, but 
haven't paid the fee," Wingfield 

Wingfield said students who fall 
under the stipulations of the refer- 
endum will have to pay about $223 
in student self-assessed fees. These 
fees cover areas such as the SGA, 
WRAC and tech department. 

Because the SGA will not actu- 
ally be adding any new fees, Wing- 
field said the referendum simply has 
to be approved by the Senate - rather 
than go up for vote by the student 

Since it does not have to be 
approved by the student body, she 

added that the SGA will ensure that 
students' opinions will be consid- 
ered while the referendum is being 

"With something this big, [the 
SGA] will definitely be looking 
into how the students feel about it," 
Wingfield said. 

The SGA is planning to hold 
three financial aid forums this se- 
mester that will serve as an opportu- 
nity for students to voice their feel- 
ings concerning the issue. 

After they have a better under- 
standing of what the student body 
wants, Wingfield said she and the 
Senators will write the referendum 
and vote on it at the beginning of 
next semester. 

Student with genetic disease fears potential health care plan 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Since 2005, Krista Dixon has 
spent a large fraction of her 
life in a hospital. 
Dixon, a sophomore nursing 
student at NSU, was diagnosed with 
a rare disease called Hereditary An- 
gioedema (HAE) when she was 15. 

HAE is an immune and protein 
deficiency that causes random epi- 
sodes of swelling in the internal or- 
gans, limbs, face and airway. 

HAE is normally contracted 
hereditarily from a parent's gene - 
one out of 10,000 people have this 
form of the disease, according to 
Dixon, however acquired the disease 
through a spontaneous genetic muta- 
tion - only one out of 50,000 people 
have this form. 

Although the swelling of the 
limbs and extremities can be ex- 
tremely painful, an HAE patient is at 
the most risk when the swelling of 
the face or throat occurs, which can 
result in suffocation. 

To help regulate her episodes, 
Dixon receives an injection of Cl- 

inhibitor - a protein that balances 
out her deficiency - every other day. 
The medication is given intrave- 
nously through a port located in her 
chest cavity. 

One dose of the medication 
costs $4,700, Dixon said. 

Before being put on the medica- 
tion in 2006, Dixon explained that 
she was hospitalized or restricted to 
her bed at least two weeks out of ev- 
ery month. 

Even with her medication, 
however, she said her episodes still 
cause her to spend about three days a 
month in the hospital or bed. 

In the past year alone, Dixon 
said she was admitted into the hos- 
pital about 10 times. 

To cover their daughter's 
$74,000 monthly medical bill. Dix- 
on's mother, Caroline Dixon, ex- 
plained that she and her husband use 
a private insurance company as their 
primary coverage and use Medicaid 
to cover the co-pay. 

If President Barack Obama's 
proposed health care plan is passed, 
however, the Dixon family could 
potentially struggle even more to 
cope with the medical and monetary' 
strains of HAE. 

Obama made it clear upon being 
elected that it is his intention of re- 
forming the nation's health care plan 
within the first year of his presiden- 
tial term. 

"[The new plan] will provide 
more security and stability to those 
who have health insurance," Obama 

"It will provide insurance to 
those who don't. And it will lower 
the cost of health care for our fami- 
lies, our businesses, and our govern- 

If passed, Obama's bills will 
create a new- insurance marketplace 
- the Exchange - which will provide 
cheap plans to those who normally 
cannot afford health insurance. 

Dixon said this is the source of 
her biggest fear associated with the 
reformed plan. 

The government-run Exchange 
will be able to lower their prices so 
low that private insurance compa- 
nies will be unable to stay in busi- 
ness, Dixon said. 

"You just can't compete with 
the government," Dixon said. 

Mrs. Dixon said her private in- 
surance - Blue Cross Blue Shield of 
Tennessee - is an excellent plan and 

she would be angry if the Exchange 
ran her coverage out of business. 

The Dixons' plan allows cov- 
erage of a family of four for about 
$100 a week, with 80 percent medi- 
cal coverage, a $500 deductible and 
prescription benefits. 

Mrs. Dixon said she fears that 
Obama's plan could ultimately elim- 
inate these options. 

"I am fortunate to be able to 
provide my family with great health 
coverage, and although I pay a lot 
for it, it is my choice to do so," Mrs. 
Dixon said. 

Another area of her life in 
which Dixon expects to change if the 
reformed plan is approved is the sup- 
ply and administration of her medi- 

Dixon said she has spoken with 
HAE patients in other countries who 
have similar universal heath care 
plans that Obama intends to model 
his plan after, and they told her that 
they have difficulty receiving medi- 
cation in an efficient manner. 

Under his plan, the government 
will have greater control of the sup- 
ply and distribution of medication, 

Continued on page 2 

City repairs 

Sarah Person 

Staff Reporter 


he City of Natchitoches is cur- 
rently employing repairs to the 
sea wall on the downtown riv- 

This project is a continuation of 
one that that began a few years ago. 
The city restarted its work about 
three weeks ago and the goal is to be 
finished mid October. 

Roughly, 1,200 linear feet of 
seawall are being repaired. There 
has been erosion to the sea wall 
which protects the riverbank from 
being worn away by Cane River. 

Randy LaCaze, City of Natchi- 
toches' director of community de- 
velopment, said the downtown sea- 
wall replacement project is way over 

"It was in a very deteriorated 
condition and was leaning severe- 
ly out toward the river in several 
spots," LaCaze said. 

Currently, workers are taking 
out the current sea wall to rebuild 
it and now they are back filling the 

Courtney Hornsby, director of 
programming and promotions for 
the city, said the renovation has a lot 
to do with making people safe. 

"In order for the people to be 
safe, there has to be that border pro- 
tection from the water and the actual 
land," Homsby said. 

Three different agencies are 
paying for the project: Cane River 
Water Way Commission, the City of 
Natchitoches and the Historic Dis- 
trict Development Commission. 

The continuation of the project 
has been planned for a while. 

Hornsby explained that the 
north portion of the riverbank, near 
the city's trolly house, was worked 
on two to three years ago. 

"We've always wanted to do the 
remainder of it," Hornsby said. "We 
were just now able to pull the fund- 
ing and the timing was right that we 
were able to do it." 

The riverbank will now be more 
stable, and holes will be filled be- 
tween the land and the water's edge, 
she said. 

There were a lot holes that made 
it dangerous for pedestrians that 
were down there, children in particu- 

"The most beneficial aspect of 
the project is the aesthetic appeal 
of the new wall being as straight as 
possible and having as few break or 
turn spots as possible," LaCaze said. 

The new wall should last 30 to 
40 years and will become the base 
for the other improvement projects 
that are planned. 

During this project, the boat 
ramps on the water were torn up, and 
the concrete from the ramps were 
broken up. 

"We filled it with dirt so now the 
river bank is a flat consistent edge, 
and it doesn't dip down where you 
used to go for the river," Homsby 

Another portion of the renova- 
tion and beautification project is to 
save the trees down on the river- 
bank, which the city plans to start in 
the upcoming month. 

"[The trees] are very historic, 
very old," Hornsby said. "Some 
of them are a hundred years old or 
older. They have very large roots and 
keep growing." 

As a result, she said the roots 
have caused the concrete in the area 
to buckle, making the land uneven. 

With the asphalt being removed, 
there will be no more parallel park- 
ing spots but instead there will be 
more grassy, green areas in order for 
the trees to grow. 

"The roots are never going to 
stop growing, so we know the road- 
way is going to continue to get buck- 
led," Homsby said. " 

According to city officials, the 
downtown area is critical for eco- 
nomic growth, so it is important to 
keep it presentable and safe. 


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which could serve as a serious prob- 
lem for people with health condi- 
tions that may require medication 
immediately at times of outbreak. 

This is not an ideal situation for 
Dixon and others with HAE because 
those with the disease each have 
varying medication needs. Mrs. Dix- 
on said. 

Currently. Dixon has the free- 
dom of having her fiancee, Jason 
Thibodeaux, assist her with her 
medication every other day in the 
privacy of their own home. 

The new plan, however, could 
eliminate the option of Dixon re- 
ceiving medication at her discretion 
and require her to go to a doctor to 
receive her medication at a set time. 

Thibodeaux said he thinks this 
is not fair. 

"By being able to get her medi- 
cation in the confines of her own 
home, at the time she needs it and 
by someone she trusts, Krista is able 
to keep a little more normalcy in her 
life," Thibodeaux said. 

Additionally, the bill put up by 
the Senate states that those buying 
their plans through the Exchange 
must receive their care from "medi- 
cal homes." 

These medical homes will entail 
a customer being assigned a primary 
doctor and having that doctor control 
access to specialists and any special 
care, such as an MRI. 

If Dixon is forced to settle for a 
government ran insurance plan, as a 
result of her private insurance com- 
pany going out of business, then she 
will have limited access to medical 

specialists, which Mrs. Dixon said is 
critical for a HAE patient. 

"Because of the risk presented 
by her airway swelling, it is impera- 
tive that Krista has access to special- 
ists," Mrs. Dixon said. 

Dixon said she meets with her 
HAE specialist about three times a 
year and at times has required the 
need of a gastroenterologist and a 
plastic surgeon for the scarring she 
has received from her port. 

Through their private insurance, 
the Dixon's have a Preferred Provid- 
er Organization plan (PPO), which 
allows Dixon to meet with special- 
ists without a referral. 

By not having to wait for a re- 
ferral. Mrs. Dixon said her daughter 
can be tested and treated quicker by 
someone who has particular knowl- 
edge concerning the needs of HAE 

This is particularly important 
when Dixon has an episode. 

"It's all about quality of life, and 
with this new plan there will be no 
personal service," Mrs. Dixon said. 

Both mother and daughter said 
they think the bills will not pass. 
Dixon said she feels there is just too 
much opposition. 

Thibodeaux, Dixon's fiancee, 
agrees, saying that the Congress is 
seeing all of the town house meet- 
ings taking place across the nation 
opposing the bills. 

He added that if the government 
really cares about the people then 
they would take those opinions into 

"It's all about politics now, not 
health care." Thibodeaux said. 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

NSU student, Krista Dixon, prepares to receive her dose of C1-inhibitor to regulate her immune and protein deficien- 
cy. If passed, President Obama's health care plan could prevent Dixon from performing this task in her home. 

DeRidder businessman leaves $550,000 to NSU 

Casey Renolds 

Staff Reporter 

Richard Davis, of DeRid- 
der parish, donated a gift of 
$550,000 to the NSU Foun- 
dation to fund student schol- 

Davis left the large monetary 
sum to NSU after he died in 2006. 

Two major portions of the dona- 
tion will be split between the NSU 
Foundation and the Athletic Depart- 
ment, the News Bureau reported. 

The Athletic Department will 

receive $300,000 and $220,000 will 
go to the foundation. 

"The continued growth of the 
program's athletic scholarship en- 
dowment through gifts such as the 
one from Mr. Davis will certainly 
put the athletic program in a bet- 
ter position to sustain that priority," 
NSU Athletic Director Greg Burke 
said in a news release for the News 

NSU President Randall Webb 
explained that the remaining $30,000 
will be divided into six $5,000 stu- 
dent scholarships. 

Three scholarships are designat- 
ed to student-athletes and the other 
thre,c,,to students with at least a 3.0 
grade point average. 

i The scholarships will only be 
made available to students from Be- 
auregard and Vernon Parish. 

"It is all the more humbling 
when people have sizeable estates 
like that and who are that generous 
to this school," Webb said. 

"It just warms our hearts and it 
means so much. 

The foundation will endow the 
remaining $220,000 after awarding 

the six $5,000 scholarships. 

The foundation plans to take 
$60,000 and apply for a matching 
amount to award two scholarships 
for "first generation" students. 

"It is wonderful for this school 
because we get a lot of first genera- 
tion students," Webb said. 

Davis taught at LaGrange High 
School, instructed the Brigade Na- 
tional Guard in Lake Charles and 
worked in timber management in 
Beauregard Parish. 

Davis' father Richard "Rough 
and Ready" Davis was a baseball 

and track lettcrman at Louisiana 
State Normal School (now NSU). 
Davis left money to the university 
to help students and athletes because 
of his father's involvement in Loui- 
siana Normal School athletics, re- 
ported the News Bureau. 

NSU has begun its second capi- 
tal campaign to raise funds. 

One of the prime emphases of 
the campaign is to try to get people 
to give money to endow scholar- 
ships for students, Webb said. 

"This just fits right into it," 
Webb said. 

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'Particle Physics' recognized on air 

Photo by Casey Reynolds/ The Current Sauce 

Freshman journalism major Morgan Cooper and her roommates hanging out in their dorm room in University Place Phase II. 

Rising enrollment concerns 
NSU student 'population' 

Casey Reynolds 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU's student population has 
steadily gone up for the past 
two years, increasing enroll- 
ment by 136 students from fall 2008 
to fall 2009. 

Students like Morgan Cooper 
and Brandi White are concerned 
with the growing student population. 

Cooper, a freshman journalism 
major, was scheduled to move in to 
University Place Phase II on move- 
in day but ended up residing in the 
co-ed dormitory, Varnado Hall. 

Varnado Hall was closed in 
2008. It was re-opened last fall and 
re-opened this fall for overflow 
housing from the University Col- 
umns and University Place Phases I 
and II. 

Cooper received a letter before 
school started saying that she would 
be moving into University Place 
Phase II. The letter said she needed 
to report to the University Place tent 
on move-in day. 

University Place Phase II told 
her to go to Phase I and Phase I told 
her to go to the housing office. The 

housing office gave her a key to a 
room in Varnado Hall. 

"I called my mom and told her 
that it was not the place we had 
toured," Cooper said. 

Cooper did not receive any no- 
tice of the change. It was three weeks 
until Cooper was able to move into 
University Place Phase II. She was 
still paying the University Place rent 
while she spent her time in Vamado. 

She said she didn't like the co- 
ed bathrooms and that the laundry 
room was in the basement. 

"I felt unsafe and uncomfort- 

NSU President Randall Webb 
talked about student housing con- 
cerns. "We will have to see if the 
higher enrollment is a trend [before 
addressing housing and parking con- 

Enrollment is compared from 
fall semester to fall semester and 
spring semester to spring semester 
and is currently at 9,247 students. 

Webb also said that enrollment 
may be going up as a result of the 

"When people perceive the 
economy as being bad then that can 
result in higher college enrollment 
from adults and even some high 

school students who weren't plan- 
ning on going to college," Webb 

"We will be looking at all of this 

Brandi White, a junior theatre 
major, had trouble one semester with 
being late for a class. She had a choir 
class in the Creative and Performing 
Arts building (CAPA) and had to 
drive to Bienvenue Biology building 
for a class ten minutes later. She was 
constantly late. 

"I dropped the class because it 
was in Bienvenue and the teacher 
was lowering my grade for being 

White would drive from CAPA 
to Bievenue in an attempt to arrive 
on time. The lack of available park- 
ing spots made it difficult to consis- 
tently arrive on time. 

White also dealt with getting 
tickets for parking in illegal spots. 

"If I'm all ready paying $150.00 
for a book then don't give me a 
S25.00 ticket. 

Cooper and White have been 
faced with issues caused by a larger 
student population than accommo- 
dations allow. They think that these 
need to be attended to if the student 
population continues to grow. 

Call of duty 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Reporter 

Heroes come in many shapes 
and sizes. 
There are the hereos that 
literally wear a cape when they go to 
work, some carry diaper bags, oth- 
ers use stethoscopes and deliberators 
and a few wear red trunks and a sil- 
ver whistles. 

But at NSU, a hero wears a hair 


It is not expected that CPR 
would come in handy while working 
behind a grill. 

But with quick thinking and 
proper training, one Sodexo employ- 
ee changed a student's day and saved 
a life. 

Kellie Gill, a Sodexo cashier in 
Iberville, was walking through the 
dining room and noticed a young 
lady sitting near the My Kitchen area 
with her head between her legs. 

"At first I thought she was going 
to be sick," Gill said. 

The young lady then pushed 
herself back in her chair and started 
running toward the door. 

Gill noticed the lady's face was 

Photo by Andrew Bordelon/The Current Sauce 

Iberville cashier, Kellie Gill poses for a photo after she saved a student's life. 

blue in color and she was choking. 

Being trained in First Aid and 
CPR. Gill grabbed the young lady 
and performed the Heimlich maneu- 

After a minute or so of thrust- 
ing, a piece of food came flying out 
of the young lady's mouth. 

Thanks to Gill's quick reac- 

tion and training, the young lady 
was able to sit back down with her 
friends and go on with her day. 

"Everything was OK after that," 
Gill said. 

NSU Sodexo manager, Charles 
Lear, will be recognizing Gill for- 
mally in the near future for her quick 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff' Reporter 

Every weekday, a minute after 
noon. Garrison Keillor reads 
a poem on his radio show, The 
Writer's Almanac. 

The Writer's Almanac, which 
is broadcasted on National Public 
Radio, selects work from various 
authors. Keillor shares his favorite 
finds with the audience daily. 

Last Wednesday, Keillor read a 
contemporary sonnet named "Parti- 
cle Physics," written by Julie Kane, 
professor of English at NSU. 

She expressed how honored she 
was to have her work read on The 
Writer's Almanac. 

"I think he does so much to pro- 
mote the work of living authors," 
Kane said. Her poem uses a princi- 
ple of quantum physics in relation to 
a divorced couple. 

The phenomenon, which states 
that particles that are paired during 
an experiment stay linked together 
after the experiment, is called the 
double-slit experiment. 

Kane's poem is part of her new 
collection called "Jazz Funeral." 

The name is based on the tradi- 
tion of a jazz funeral where the mu- 
sicians play uplifting music after the 
funeral has ended. 

She said that the theme of the 
book is a sense of loss and learning 
to live and cope with it. 

Over the summer, Kane submit- 
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won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize 
sponsored by Westchester Univer- 
sity in Pennsylvania. 

As an award, her book was pub- 

She said that her poetry comes 
to her naturally; it is not something 
she can force. 

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"It used to be that poets formed 
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"Publishers these days have be- 
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Some of her favorite poets who 
have impacted her writing are John 
Donne, William Yates, Robert Frost, 
Silvia Plath and Anne Sexton. 

"Poets writing in the language 

of my time are a huge influence," 

Kane's collection came out in 
June and already has two reviews. 

"I feel relieved that it's getting 
such a huge reception," Kane said. 

"Jazz Funeral" is Kane's third 
full-length collection of poetry to be 

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Administrative assis- 
tants recognized for 
30 years of service 

Mary Jordan 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU recently honored two ad- 
ministrative assistants for ca- 
reers spanning 30 years each. 
Both Bobbie Jackson and Amy 
Vaughn say their lives were and still 
are entwined with NSU and its stu- 

Amy Vaughn started her career 
here at NSU in 1980 as a steno clerk. 
She worked part time in the business 
and administration building. After 
1 years, the department was reorga- 
nized, and she started with the office 
she is currently in: the creative and 
performing arts building. 

Before her office was reorga- 
nized and placed in the building it is 
now, Vaughn was also in the alumni 
center and then the infirmary. She 
was a processing operator, a secre- 
tary and now an administrative as- 

Vaughn also had time to raise 
her family here at NSU. Her hus- 
band Larry Vaughn, who also hap- 
pens to be her high school sweet- 
heart, worked in the NSU University 
Police department when she first 
started in 1980. He later went to the 
Natchitoches police department and 
is now the assistant police chief. 

Vaughn's two children earned 
their degrees from NSU as well. 

Her son earned his four- year 
degree in criminal justice and is now 
in wildlife enforcement. Her daugh- 

ter earned her four- year degree in 
social work and is now a counselor. 

During her 30 years at NSU, 
Vaughn says she has enjoyed help- 
ing the students as well as working 
with and helping the faculty. 

"I have enjoyed it, but I am 
ready to go home," Vaughn said. 

You might have guessed it. 
Vaughn's next goal here at NSU is 
to retire. Her husband will be due for 
retirement as well, giving them time 
to spend with one another, their chil- 
dren and their three grandchildren. 

While it may not be time for 
Vaughn to retire quite yet, her col- 
leagues know that the time will 
come. Losing someone who has 
been at NSU for 30 years is no small 

"You can't buy experience," 
said Priscilla Kilcrease, director of 
research and sponsored programs. 

"The knowledge and experience 
Mrs. Vaughn brings to this position 
is invaluable and cannot be replaced. 

The other administrative assis- 
tant honored was Bobbie Jackson 
for her 30 years of service in the lan- 
guage and communications depart- 

When Jackson first started at 
NSU, she was with student support 
services. After about three years, she 
moved to development education. 
After eight years, she moved to the 
language and communications de- 
partment, and that is where she plans 
to stay. 

"I enjoy working with the stu- 

Photo by Mary Jordan/ The Current Sauce 

Administrative Assistant of Language and Communications Bobbie Jackson 
preparing to help students in her office. 

dents and the people at NSU," Jack- 
son said. "We are like a family." 

"The Department of Language 
and Communication is proud of Ms. 
Jackson's achievement and we're 
pleased to be able to celebrate with 
her," said Sarah McFarland, acting 
head of the department of language 
and communication via e-mail inter- 

"This department wouldn't be 
the same without her skillful han- 
dling of day-to-day business, aided 
by her many years of university ex- 

"Everyone on campus knows 
Bobbie, and we're lucky to have her 

Jackson's two sons graduated 
from NSU, Chris with a criminal 
justice degree and Gary with a busi- 
ness administration degree with a 
minor in marketing. 

Jackson said that NSU has given 
her as much as she has given NSU. 

"That's the good part." 

Jackson is proud of her career 
and her work. She enjoys the stu- 
dents and seeing them go out into 
the world and becoming productive 

Seeing students get their de- 
grees makes Jackson feel that she 
has fulfilled her duties at NSU. 

"Student's are our number one 

Photo by Mary Jordan/ The Current Sauce 

Administrative Assistant of Creative and Performing Arts Amy Vaughn greet- 
ing students as they come into the departments' office. 

CALL Program accomadates 
nontraditional students 

Taylor Graves 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU Center for Adult 
Learning in Louisiana 
(CALL) has opened doors 
of success for nontraditional stu- 

The CALL program began in 
2007 with Darlene Williams, who is 
the vice president for technology, re- 
search, and economic development, 
and 1 70 students. 

Since then, the program has 
grown with over 300 students and 
24 degree programs. 

Through this program, adults 
over the age of 2 1 can complete de- 
grees which they may have started 
earlier in life or earn a brand new 

Students in the program come 
from all walks of life, mostly in the 
workforce and range from late 20s to 
mid 50s. 

Since the program includes 
adults from various ages, self-as- 
sessment tests have been designed to 
help an adult determine if he or she 
is ready for online classes. 

These tests include computer 
compatibility, system requirements 

and a questionnaire on computer and 
internet comfort and skill levels. 

Adult learners have gained col- 
lege knowledge through pervious 
college courses, work experience, 
traveling and more. 

So, each student has the oppor- 
tunity to challenge up to 23 hours 
through prior learning credit (PAL). 

PAL is a course the students 
take to learn how to write a narra- 
tive explaining life experiences that 
have already taught them material 
for their degree. 

Although CALL students take 
online classes, these classes are de- 
signed differently from the classes 
a full-time NSU student may be ac- 
customed to. 

Classes are shorter and designed 
to be more flexible so the students 
can work school into their life sched- 

CALL students also have the 
help of Carl Henry and Katie Hall, 
prior learning advocates. 

Henry and Hall help each stu- 
dent through the entire CALL pro- 
cess: from admissions to graduation. 

"We try to take stress out of their 
lives as they go to Northwestern and 
try to complete their degree," Henry 


Any CALL student can call 
Henry or Hall to ask questions about 
Blackboard, class scheduling or how 
to sign up with the program. 

These advocates are there as 
customer service helpers for the 
CALL students, and they enjoy ev- 
ery minute of it. 

"The only time we see the stu- 
dents is when they graduate, and it is 
such an uplifting time for us," Henry 

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Bethanv Frank 

Opinions Editor 

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September 23, 2009 


Be Frank: 

for the long hall 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 

Your heart is 
Your ears 
are ringing. Sweat 
drips from your 
brow as you gasp 
for breath. 

You know that if you can just 
push through the pain that it will all 
cease. You know that if you can just 
make it a few more steps that the 
hurt will go away and everything 
will be better. 

But you know if you give up, if 
you quit running, the pain will sub- 
side. If you quit now you will have 
instantaneous relief. 

"Push past the pain" is the 
phrase that would echo across the 
track as my coach pushed us for- 
ward. "Pain is tempo- 
rary, but pride is forever" is what my 
directors would repeat throughout 
the endless rehearsals in the summer 

The trek for a collegiate educa- 
tion is similar to the trek around the 

track field. You run around in circles 
waiting for the point just to get a 
little medal at the end of the race. 

You run knowing that everyone 
else is faster than you and watch in 
agony as each person crosses the fin- 
ish line in triumph. 

It hurts like hell, and you cannot 
help but think how easy it would be 
to throw in the towel and walk out. 
You feel like you have fallen so far 
behind. You are convinced there is 
no way you could catch up. 

You know you failed the sociol- 
ogy exam as you shamefully hand it 
in to the professor. 

You are a week late for your first 
paper and have yet to figure out how 
you are going to catch up with your 
Internet course. 

You look at yourself in disgust 
when you get ready in the morning 
because you have managed to fall so 
far behind. 

You are tired and sore and want 
to quit the race. You want to stop 

College is no walk in the park, 
and many students think it is easy to 
find the nearest exit. 

Photo by Jorge Cantu/The Current Sauce 

My first day on a college cam- 
pus, I sat in the auditorium with the 
other freshman during freshmen 
orientation. Our dean of students 
walked up to the microphone and 
said, "Look to your neighbor. One of 
you will not graduate." 

Little did I know, he was talking 
to me. 

Suicide is the second leading 
cause of death for college students, 
according to And the 
number one cause of suicide in col- 
lege students is untreated depres- 

College burns. It hurts and it 
sucks the life out of you at times. 
You spend most of your nights with 
a pile of books at your side and a cup 
o' Joe to your right. 

College eats you up from the in- 

side. It rips at you until you are con- 
vinced you have seen your final day. 

You are scared and nervous and 
anxious as a freshman. You look 
wide-eyed at the seniors and think. 
"How are they doing this? I will nev- 
er survive." 

You walk lost down the halls 
wishing that someone would know 
your name, that someone would 
reach out and grab your hand. 

You long for that phone call 
from home. You no longer fear the 
infamous "freshman 15" because 
you are so depressed that you cannot 
eat. You haven't made many friends, 
and you don't want to sit alone in the 
cafe. You just wait for someone to 
rescue you. 

The thing about running is that 
at some point you no longer feel the 

pain. It no longer hurts to push for- 

Some call it the "runner's high." 
Some find it to be the most exhila- 
rating experience. Once you reach 
that high, you can run for miles. It 
no longer hurts, and you no longer 
desire to stop. 

But first, before you reach that 
point, you have to suffer. You have 
to feel the burn and endure through 
the pain. 

You might never get first place. 
You might forever see everyone else 
cross the finish line first. You might 
still feel alone when you run. 

But the thing about the race, it 
is not the medal that is important. It 
is the journey you traveled and the 
choices you made. 

It is about each stride that 

brought you closer to the finish line. 

It is about the times you fell 
down but found the courage and the 
strength to stand back up and run. 

You can spend your entire colle- 
giate career making A's or finishing 
first. But you can never understand 
what it means if you never feel the 
shame of a C or the sting of a safety. 

If you never fall down, how can 
you ever learn to stand up? 

And then once you learn, you 
have the ability to reach over and 
help those who fall with you. 

College is a scary place. It is big 
and new and different. 

But this is your opportunity to 
practice falling. This is when you 
get to learn to stand. 

You just need to be willing to 
run the long hall. 

Opinionated Spirits: 

One true love 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Columnist 

People say 
there is 
one special 
someone for ev- 
eryone out there, 
and that fairy tale 
goddess is some- 
times found in rather unusual places. 

Those depressed, broken-heart- 
ed drinkers who find themselves at 
the bottom of a liquor bottle to lift 
their spirits don't always find satis- 

Some seemingly hopeless heart- 
aches lead to another discovery, 
however. They find that special soul 
mate at the bottom of that stash of 
recuperation booze. 

Alcohol is the one true love that 
will never leave you heartbroken. 

Drinking with your significant 
other is an enjoyable way to pass 
time and even makes dates more ex- 

It is also a method used by some 
people to get over failed relation- 

It is in that bottle, however, that 
a man can find a mistress who will 
always keep him satisfied and want- 
ing more. 

Her alluring perfume stings the 
nostrils and seduces a man searching 
for an intimate rebound. As his stan- 
dards go out the window, his quality 
of drink is sure to follow. 

Neither an overweight cougar 
nor a bottle of Taaka Vodka will ap- 
pear unappealing by the end of the 

The thing though is that a one- 
night stand with a girl who slumps 
for the town drunk will only be sat- 
isfying until she discovers the whis- 
key inhibitor that won't allow you to 
satisfy her. 

Once she leaves, that liquefied 
brunette slut will be sitting on your 
coffee table waiting for you to take 
her top off once again. 

As you start to first taste her, 
you might wonder if it's really worth 
it, but the more she puts out, the 
more you delve inside of her. 

With every drink you wonder if 
you should attempt to go all the way, 
but your confidence is boosted when 
you realize the fact that she is just as 
wet as the last time the two of you 
fooled around. 

She doesn't seem to care who 
you've been with before. She only 
indulges in the fact that you've 
come back to her once again because 
no matter how painful she is in the 

morning, you can always count on 
her to make you good and stiff by 
the end of the night. 

Sometimes you even pass 
out before she's done with you, 
but it doesn't matter how short 
or long you lasted with her be- 
fore as long as you come back. 

There is no awkward moment 
where you act like you're not peek- 
ing when you both put your clothes 
back on or an uncomfortable break- 
fast conversation. 

The only walk of shame is your 
own, depending on how far the two 
of you went the night before that is. 

This type of intimate night is 
a mere one-night stand for some 
people who go on short relationship 
breaks or break ups or even the few 
regular drunkards who revert to her 
frequently in times of need. 

It is undeniable, however, that 
she will always be there. 

Alcohol is the one partner who 
will not ask how many others you 
have been with or if you are carrying 
anything other than an empty glass. 

There will be some consequenc- 
es, of course, because you cannot 
have a rainbow with just sunshine. 

The rain that is the "heartbreak 
hangover" is unfortunately a neces- 
sary evil, but how would we know 
happiness without sadness? 

Relationships may end, friend- 
ships could crumble, but a good 
drink will always be in the mood to 
spend time with you, and like a rela- 
tionship or friendship, it just might 
reveal something about you that you 
had not thought of before. 

Drinking has the ability to let 
you into your inner psyche and know 
just a little bit more about yourself. 
Some people may find this thought 
erroneous, but they should recall 
different ways they have matured 
or learned things about themselves 
through different relationships. 

The difference between drink- 
ing and a relationship is that whether 
a person changes you for the better 
or the worse, alcohol will always be 
honest with you. It brings out those 
sober thoughts that make or break 
relationships and friendships. 

However, no matter how nega- 
tively you may speak about her, the 
booze will always be waiting for you 
with open arms. 

It holds in its bottle, among its 
alluring nectar, an ever-faithful com- 
panionship. Whether it is in happi- 
ness or heartache, a drink will al- 
ways go down easy and do its best to 
satisfy your feelings. 

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The Great American Club 

Curtis Desselles 

Guest Columnist 

What is 
American Club?' 

No, it's not a 
sandwich, but its 
membership in- 
cludes every legal American citizen. 

To become a member of this 
club, one must cither be born in 
America or become naturalized. In 
return for obeying the law, paying 
taxes, signing up for military service 
when called upon and performing 
various civic duties, there is a prom- 
ise of security, freedom of speech 
and religion and the use of govern- 
ment services. 

There are those that avail them- 
selves of the benefits of The Great 
American Club without member- 
ship. These arc the 1 1 million illegal 
aliens that the politicians allude to. 

As a student of anthropology, 
I want to make it very clear that I 

view every culture as important and 
a source of variation that has made 
this country great. With that said, 
it is vital that immigration laws be 
enforced so that the American way 
does not become obsolete. 

There are many organizations 
or clubs in the United States. North- 
western State University of Louisi- 
ana has its share of clubs and orga- 
nizations. Each Recognized Student 
Organization is organized by a set of 
by-laws and constitutions analogous 
to the U.S. Constitution. 

If no rules existed for clubs, 
then what would be the use of hav- 
ing a club in the first place? These 
rules set the club apart from other 
entities and establish identity. 

That concept should apply to 
the American citizenship process. 
We are a country of laws and immi- 
gration laws should be respected. 

President Obama stated last 
week to the U.S. Congress that there 
would be no illegal aliens using 
the services of the proposed public 
health care program. 

This statement produced contro- 

versy because no one believes that 
immigration laws will be enforced. 

When our police and govern- 
ment officials refuse to check im- 
migration status, the value of citi- 
zenship is diluted. There are many 
federal and state laws that prohibit 
immigration status verification. This 
double standard cheapens the value 
of legal citizenship. 

Why would anyone pay taxes, 
follow the law and fight for freedom 
if being an American meant noth- 

The special status of citizenship 
instills in each of us a sense of re- 
sponsibility and civic pride. 

I am a veteran and was wounded 
in battle. I value the process of citi- 
zenship and urge each illegal alien 
to become a citizen. I also urge the 
government to streamline the immi- 
gration process. 

The current members of The 
Great American Club should renew 
their commitment to America and 
be active members in the greatest 
democracy in the history of human- 

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil 

Paul Randall Adams 

Guest Columnist 

Frans de 
Waal, one 
of world's 
leading primatolo- 
gists published an 
article on Sept. 
23, 2005, entitled 
"We're All Machiavellians." 

In this article, de Waal notes that 
humans and chimpanzees differ only 
slightly in their social systems. 

Chimpanzees, he states, are al- 
ways fighting for power, for control. 
The males form coalitions, in which 
one of the males is strong and the 
other is smart, a sweet-talker. The 
strongest and smartest team is the 
one in power. 

Brute force is not enough. Be- 
ing smart is not enough - they need 
that perfect mixture. Whenever one 
of those apes gets cocky, however, 
they will be immediately over- 

But what de Waal also states is 
that the apes have no qualms with 
admitting that they are merely out to 
get power. The chimps don't have 
any problems openly vying for con- 

Humans are also always vying 
for power. However, our motives 
are often hidden, shrouded by words 
like "service" and "duty." Whenever 
politicians run for an office, they ar- 
gue that it is their duty to serve the 

Photo by Emily Deen/The Current Sauce 

But on a much more local level, 
however, we are always fighting to 
be on top. We try to pretend that 
cliques, classes and social orders 
don't exist on campus. But they are 
just a prominent here as anywhere 

In the classroom, the over- 
achievers raise their hands fast, de- 
manding to be the first ones chosen 
to answer the teacher's questions. 

On the field, the athletes are try- 
ing to be the fastest, the strongest, 
the biggest. 

Within fraternities, the sub- 
cliques try to get their friends to the 
position of president, so that their 
opinions will be considered more 
seriously when the administration 

But that's not what we're will- 
ing to admit. The overachievers - 
myself included - claim that they 
are merely helping to make sure that 
the other students didn't feel embar- 
rassed because they didn't under- 

stand something. 

The athletes are merely "taking 
one for the team" in their training. 
They are getting better for the sake 
of their fellow athletes. 

And all the supporters of the 
president of an organization are just 
out to help him realize his dream. 
They're supporting him because it's 
where he wants to be. 

The only thing that's being sup- 
ported is de Waal's theory. In our 
world of doublespeak, we've found 
a way to disguise our own ambitions 
as helping each other. 

Even on a collegiate level, we 
have found a "duty" to "serve" our 
school community for our own gain. 

We don't often do something for 
the good of others. We don't often 
pursue the things our friends want, 
simply because our friends want 

There is almost always anoth- 
er motive. We simply hide it. We 
avoid saying that we want anything 

for ourselv es for fear of showing our 
true humanity. 

I sometimes wish people just 
had the gall to admit whenever 
they're pursuing something for 
solely selfish gain. Sometimes I just 
wish we would lay down the "sacri- 
ficial lamb" act and confess that we 
are doing something only for our- 

It's easier to trust somebody 
whenever they are honest. Machia- 
velli's book - the book that de Waal 
used to compare his social findings 
to human life is about the proper 
way to rule. Somehow, de Waal is 
only convinced that apes are better 
at ruling than us. 

At least chimps are honest all 
the time. They don't have to hide 
behind society's norms; they can 
be true to themselves. Why are the 
chimpanzees better at life, more ad- 
vanced with their social system, than 
we are? Why are apes more apt to 
rule a society than we are? 


Andv Bullard 
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Sports Editor 
September 23, 2009 

Fighting Sioux chop Demons 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

The 2009 Peveto campaign 
couldn't be more disastrous 
for the Demon football team. 
NSU fell to a winless 0-3 start 
after losing 27- 20 Saturday to the 
University of North Dakota Fighting 

The Demons' inability to score 
from the goalline on their opening 
drive was a bit of foreshadowing for 
the rest of the game. 

The offense tried to punch it in 
on consecutive run plays from the 
one yard line, but a stingy defense 
proved the Demons' effort futile. 

"We didn't capitalize on big 
plays. We got to score points, espe- 
cially in the redzone, and I didn't do 
the job," starting junior signal caller 
Tyler Wolfe said. 

The Fighting Sioux were the 
first to get points on the board af- 
ter receiving help from the Demons 
special teams. 

A muffed punt after an impres- 
sive defensive stand, allowing only 
five yards, put UND's Brandon Hel- 
lavang in position to nail a 50-yarder 
to go up three points. 

On the ensuing Fighting Sioux 
drive, UND halfback, Mitch Sutton 
pushed the lead to 9-0, scoring on 
a 47-yard scamper from the revolu- 
tionary wildcat formation. 

That cushion was all UND 
needed as it took an early lead and 
never relinquished it. 

The Demons never gave up 
and pulled the deficit within three 
early in the third after a three-yard 

Photo by Bethany Frank/The Current Sauce 

Junior quarterback Tyler Wolfe (8) passing the ball, on his way to 307 yards passing, in the 27-20 loss to the Univer- 
sity of North Dakota, Saturday at Turpin Stadium. 

touchdown pass by Wolfe to Bradley 

It was Wolfe's second strike of 
the night with his first being a 54- 
yard bomb to junior wide receiver 
Adrian Reese. 

Eventually, the Demons only 
trialed by five late in the fourth, but a 
shotgun snap flew over the unaware 

Wolfe's head and caused a safety for 
the Demons, the second of the game, 
sealing the team's fate and pushing 
the lead to an unreachable seven 
point deficit. 

For junior transfer from Lou- 
isville, Wolfe, playing hard is not 

"The team has to execute cor- 

rectly," Wolfe said. 

Wolfe put up some impres- 
sive numbers from under center as 
he threw for 307 yards with three 
touchdowns and interceptions. 

The Demons' ground game ac- 
counted for 123 yards of the total 
434 put up by the offense. 

William Griffin led the backs 

with 18 carries and 81 yards. 

Daruis Duffy was Wolfe's fa- 
vorite target. 

He snagged eight passes and 74 
yards along with them. 

The purple swarm defense was 
stellar as usual. 

Despite the loss, the defense 
gave up only 269 yards of total of- 
fense and gave up only nine first 
downs compared to UND's defense, 
which gave up 20. 

The Demons' only turnover 
came via interception by senior safe- 
ty Wes Eckles. 

It was Eckles' third interction in 
the last two games. 

Eckles. in his first 30 games as a 
Demon had interception, but in his 
last four games dating back to last 
year he has five. 

"We had a good game plan on 
both sides of the ball," Eckles said. 
"We had a lot of big breaks that 
didn't go our way." 

"Our players' effort was out- 
standing," Head Coach Bradley 
Peveto said. "The desire to win the 
game and defend the home field was 
obvious watching the tape." 

"We couldn't ask for better. I 
talked to a heartbroken football team 
in the locker room last night because 
they gave us such a great effort.'' 

Next Saturday, the Demons 
head to Waco, Tx. as they face the 
Baylor Bears. 

Last year, the Bears defeated the 
Demons 51-6. 

"I am proud of the effort we're 
getting and I am extremely confident 
in this football team. We need to 
clean up our mistakes," Peveto said. 

Photo by Gary Hardmon 

Larand Spann (14) and Megan Manning (3) go up for a block aganist ULL. 

Demons finish second 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

This volleyball season has been 
one to forget thus far for the 
Lady Demons, losing its first 
seven games of the season. 

However, the Northwestern 
State Tournament brought forth a 
change to the losing, with a victory 
over the ULL Ragin' Cajuns. 

NSU won in straight sets: 25- 
20, 26-24 and 25-23. 

The Lady Demons had its best 
night of the season in hitting after 
compiling a .256 percentage. 

NSU had 48 kills and also held 
firm with a season-high 1 4 blocks. 

Yelena Enwere came one block 
short of a career-high, with a team- 
best six blocks. 

With her 11 kills, she's just one 
kill shy of the 1,000 career mark to 
become the fourth player in school 
history to achieve the feat. 

Enwere led the Lady Demons 
with 11 kills while Brittany Fruge 
added 10 kills on .364 hitting. Zan- 
ny Castillo topped the team with 16 

Megan Dockery led with 24 as- 

sists to go along with eight digs. 

The winning streak would only 
remain at one. 

The Lady Demons lost to con- 
ference foe UCA in the finals of the 
Northwestern State Tournament. 

The Sugar Bears won, but it was 
a close match played by the Lady 

Unfortunatly UCA came out 
victorious in three sets: 25-23, 27-25 
and 25-23. 

Enwere led the team in kills 
with 16. In those 16 kills she also 
passed the coveted 1, 000 kill mark 
for her career. 

Castillo led the Lady Demons 
with 12 digs while Brittany Fruge 
added 10. 

Megan Dockery led the team 
with 16 assists to go along with sev- 
en digs. 

"We're close." said fourth year 
head coach Brittany Uffelman. "It's 
all mental. We've got to get that kill- 
er instinct." 

The Lady Demons now look 
forward to McNeese State and Ste- 
phen F. Austin this coming Friday 
and Saturday, to open up conference 

Demons withstand 
Golden Hurricanes 

Robert Weeks 

Sauce Reporter 

The Northwestern State Lady 
Demons came away with a 1-0 
win Sunday afternoon over 
Conference USA foe Tulsa, improv- 
ing their overall record to 7-2 on the 

The lone goal of the match came 
from sophomore Rachel O'Steen 
and the assist was by junior Caroline 

"Rachel is a model player as far 
as her work ethic and her attitude," 
Coach Jimmy Mitchell stated after 
the game. 

The goal was O'Steen's first on 
the season, as she has been known 
for her assists in previous matches. 

Lindy Strahan recorded yet an- 
other shutout on the season while the 
Demon Defense allowed only five 
shots on goal the entire 90 minutes. 

Although the shots on goal 
count remained minimal, Strahan 
was always on her toes, able to clear 
out any potential goal scoring oppor- 
tunities for the Tulsa Hurricanes. 

"She earned her keep today," 
Mitchell said of his junior goalkeep- 

Senior Chelsea Brozgold and 
true freshman Kali Hellinghausen 
solidified the back wall of defensive 
play as senior Lacie Hughes was out 
due to injury. 

Brozgold was all over the field, 
making sure to preserv e the Demons' 
one goal lead until the final whistle. 

One of the keys to the Demons' 
success thus far is due to the depth 
that they have on the bench. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Kali Hallinghausen (16) fights for the ball in the 1-0 victory over the 
Golden Hurricanes of Tulsa, Sunday at the Demon Soccer Complex 

Coach Mitchell was able to sub- 
stitute seven players onto the pitch 
Sunday without any loss of opportu- 

Melodie Johnson recorded two 
shots on goal and Maddy Hall re- 
corded three on the day, confirming 
that goal-scoring opportunities for 
the Demons are not limited to the 
starting 11. 

The Demons are on the road this 
coming weekend as they face New- 
Mexico State Friday and Grambling 
on Sunday, whom they already beat 

previously in the season 3-0. in the 
Lammar Classic. 

"After you've beat a team, it's 
always hard to come back and play 
them with the energy you need," 
Mitchell said about Grambling, 
"We'll be on our girls all week mak- 
ing sure that they don't drop their 
guard on that one." 

The Lady Demons will be back 
in action at home against conference 
foe Texas-San Antonio Friday, Oct. 
2 and will face Texas State Sunday, 
Oct. 4. 

Tori Ladd 
Life Editor 


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Be Frank: 

Spirit returns 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 

There is something about sit- 
ting in the middle of Turpin 
Stadium that undoubtedly 
manages to make all my life frus- 
trations melt away. Perhaps there is 
something behind the saying, "home 
is where your heart is." Perhaps 
there is something about Turpin Sta- 
dium that brings things to life. 

It is no secret that school spirit 
is muted on campus. But there was 
something at Saturday's game. 
There was magic when the Demons 
stepped out on the field. 

The stands were filled and live- 
ly. Bodies and faces were painted in 
Demon pride. 

It would be wonderful to blame 
the newfound spirit on our winning 
streak, but we all know that couldn't 
be the case. Regardless, when the 
Demons ran through the tunnel and 
emerged in the purple smoke, cheers 
exploded from the crowd. 

I don't know much about foot- 
ball. I do not get the point of false 
starts. I think they are dumb, and 
they mess up my photos. I don't 
grasp the concept of a down or why 
after four tries we no longer get the 
ball when we were literally inches 
from the "touchdown marker." I can- 
not fathom how it is appropriate for 
guys to grope each other on the field 
and shudder at the thought of hug- 
ging in public. 

But I adore attending sporting 
events. I like the adrenaline rush 
when people scream and yell. I like 
the gorgeous boys running around 
in tight pants, and we do have some 
cute football players (even though 
they have helmets on). 

I like the camaraderie that 
evolves. Suddenly, societal expec- 
tations are lifted and people join to- 
gether for the simplest of causes and 
have a ball. 

But 1 had yet to see this type of 
camaraderie at NSU. It seemed the 
stands would forever be haunted by 
the ghost of school spirit past. 

Dallas Cowboy fans always 
impress me. The team hasn't had a 
stellar season in years, but their fans 
follow them religiously. 

It is easy to adore and support a 
winning team, but it takes something 
extra to back up a team that is batting 

Demons seem to be confused by 
the Peveto Promise. The man never 
said he would bring home victories 
or records. He never actually said we 
would win. He simply said it was "a 
whole new ballgame." 

Demons should be used to los- 
ing. We do it a lot. But that is OK. 

Hell, when only one person can 
win, chances are you are going to 
lose from time to time. 

But a scoreboard shouldn't dic- 
tate the quality of the game nor the 
experience. And, Saturday, it didn't. 

We lost. We gave up two safe- 
ties, one finishing the game. We 
missed throws by a lot. We were 
inches from touchdowns and still 
couldn't pass the line. We attempted 
a field goal and hit the yellow pole 
(not going to lie, I was slightly im- 
pressed and thought that should be 
worth at least four points). 

But there was fire in the student 

The football players flirted and 
interacted with the crowd. It was 
beautiful. Vic was back in the stands 
after what seemed to be a one-year 

We could blame this new spirit 
on the stadium renovations or the 
"wacky inflatable tube man" who 
graced us with his presence during 
an amazing tailgate or so many other 

Or maybe, just maybe, there is 
something there that wasn't there 
before. Something inside each of us 
that came alive on Saturday. 

For those in the reserves section, 
your boo's were heard and have not 
been ignored. But let the students set 
the example this game. Let the stu- 
dents remind you what school spirit 
is truly about. 

After all, it is a whole new ball- 
game and the Demons have come 
home to play. 

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SGA debates raising academic standards 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The Student Government Asso- 
ciation's internal affairs com- 
mittee is currently working on 
two bills that could potentially raise 
the minimum grade point average re- 
quirement for students to be elected 
to the Senate and Executive Board. 

As they are currently written, 
SGA President Kayla Wingfield said 
the two bills would eventually raise 
the minimum GPA for the Senate to 
a 2.25 and the minimum for the Ex- 
ecutive Board to a 2.75. 

Wingfield explained that the 
goal of the two bills - one in which 
coincides with the Senate and the 
other with the Executive Board - is 
to ensure the SGA is made up of stu- 
dents who are able to balance their 
schoolwork with extracurricular ac- 

"We want to find people who 
can meet the demands that come 
along with campus service and aca- 
demics," Wingfield said. 

Wingfield said that the idea to 
raise the GPA requirements came 
from the current Recognized Student 
Organization's standards, which re- 
quires all executive boards to have a 
minimum of a 2.5 GPA. 

Since the SGA will be forced 
to change their standards to comply 
with the RSO's standards, Wingfield 
and the Internal Affairs committee 
decided this would be a good oppor- 
tunity to make changes across the 

The current SGA standard is a 
2.0 GPA, but if passed, the two bills 
would raise the standard by .25 ev- 
ery semester until the GPA specified 

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The SGAs current GPA minimum requirement of 2.0 could potenially be raised to a 2.25 for Senate members and a 
2.75 for the Executive Board if the bills proposed by the Internal Affairs committee are approved. 

by the bills is reached. 

For example, if the new policy 
for the Executive Board takes affect 
next semester, the new minimum 
would be a 2.25 GPA, then in the fall 
semester of 2010 it would raise to a 
2.5 GPA and increase again the next 
semester for the final time to reach 
its specified standard of a 2.75 GPA. 

There are those within the Sen- 
ate, however, who have made it clear 
that they are either unsure or against 
the idea of the two bills. 

One main argument is that the 
new minimum requirement would 

be simply too difficult to maintain 
and that many student would be de- 
terred from trying to join the organi- 

According to Jennifer Videtto, 
who works in the office of institu- 
tional research, NSU students have 
an average of a 2.586 GPA - this fig- 
ure does not include incoming fresh- 
men or transfer students. 

This means, the new standards 
would still theoretically be fair to 
NSU students. 

Additionally, another argument 
has been made that other student 

government organizations at schools 
within the University of Louisiana 
System do not have standards as 
high as a 2.75 GPA. 

Most of the schools, however, 
do range from a 2.3 to a 2.5 GPA, 
according to figures researched by 
SGA Senator Kyle May. 

SGA Senator Tiffany Thomas 
said she is in favor of the idea of the 
bills and would one day like to see 
the bills passed, but said she thinks 
now is not the time. 

"There are so many technicali- 
ties that still need to be worked out 

with the bill that right now is just 
not the right time to pursue it," 
Thomas said. 

Thomas suggested that the 
SGA works out the issues of the 
bills this semester and wait to vote 
on them until next semester. 

Although there are mixed feel- 
ings concerning the bills, Wingfield 
said she thinks they will still be 

"I am confident and believe 
that [the Senate] will make the right 
decision for the university," Wing- 
field said. 

The bills were a primary topic 
at Monday's SGA meeting. 
The Senate discussed the pros and 
cons of the bills for about 45 min- 

"It was a very good dialogue," 
Wingfield said. "Many people 
played devil's advocate, and both 
sides were presented." 

The Senate ultimately decided, 
however, to refer the bills back to 
the Internal Committee in order for 
the bills to be either revised or more 
research to be done. 

Wingfield explained that the 
next course of action will probably 
be for members of the SGA to go 
to students and ask how they feel 
about the bills. 

Wingfield added that she is fine 
with the bills not being voted on in 
Monday's meeting. 

"I'd rather the Senate be sat- 
isfied with the bills and then vote, 
instead of having unanswered ques- 
tions," Wingfield said. 

Once more research is ob- 
tained, the bills will be put to vote 
within the next three weeks, Wing- 
field said. 

Property allegedly stolen 
from Turpin Stadium 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The NSU Athletic Department 
believes two signs were stolen 
from Turpin Stadium at some 
time following the university's first 
home football game, Assistant Ath- 
letic Director William Broussard 

The two signs were part of a 
530,000 renovation project intended 
to enhance the appearance of Turpin 
Stadium and over-all experience for 
Demon football fans. The new dec- 
orative signs cost roughly $7,500, 
Broussard said. 

The Athletic Department pur- 
chased six signs total: two that 
stretch the length of the stadium 
seating and four that are about 6 feet 
wide and 3 feet high. 

Before the Demon's first home 
game, the four smaller signs were 
placed around the stadium and one 
of the larger signs was placed along 
the top of the east side of Turpin - 
the sixth sign has not yet been put 

Each of the six signs has a school 
themed statement, such as "NSU 
Demons." The two signs that were 
allegedly stolen had "The Inferno" 
printed on them, which Broussard 
explained is the new name for the 
NSU student section. 

Broussard said the two signs that 
are missing were only being held in 
place by plastic zip-ties, and said it 
would have been easy for someone 
to simply cut the plastic and take the 

Additionally, the Athletic De- 
partment keeps Turpin open to the 
public and has many entrances and 
exits in which potential thieves 
could use. 

Because of this, he said it would 
be just about impossible to maintain 
accountability of who is in the sta- 
dium who does not belong. 

As of Monday, Detective Doug 
Prescott with University Police said 
he did not have any strong leads 
concerning the case. Prescott added 

that if any students have any tips 
concerning who may have taken the 
signs then they should contact him 
or the University Police. 

Broussard said he and the rest 
of the Athletic Department are un- 
derstanding of the current lack of 
progress concerning the case. 

"Doug Prescott has a difficult 
task," Broussard said. "He's trying 
to find a needle in a haystack." 

Broussard said he thinks the 
signs were taken to serve as some- 
body's exclusive NSU memorabilia, 
but added that he does not automati- 
cally assume that a student or stu- 
dent organization was involved. 

"It could be virtually anyone, 
so I refuse to make the jump that a 
student must've done it," Broussard 

As a result of the signs being 
missing, the Athletic Department 
have made some small changes. 

The remaining two small signs 
have been taken down until the next 
game, and memos have been sent 
throughout the department advising 
workers to be more aware of any 
suspicious people within the area. 

Although they are implement- 
ing small changes, Broussard ex- 
plained that the department will 
not allow the alleged crime majorly 
affect their future plans and proce- 

He said that Turpin will remain 
open to the public. 

"There are many people who 
enjoy having access, and that is 
something we don't want to deny 
them." Broussard said. 

Additionally, Broussard said the 
Athletic Department will continue to 
provide fans with improvements to 
its facilities. 

"I think the vast majority of stu- 
dents appreciate what we have done 
and want us to continue to do so," 
Broussard said. "We won't let one 
or two people stop us from giving 
back to them." 

Broussard said the two signs 
could possibly be replaced by NSU's 
homecoming game on Oct. 24. 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 
A JROTC cadet from Natchitoches Central High School crosses a rope-bridge during one of the events scheduled 
for the NSU Army ROTC's Demon Challenge on Saturday. 

NSU ROTC hosts Demon Challenge 

Casey Reynolds 

Staff Reporter 

The NSU Army ROTC hosted 
its second annual Demon 
Challenge for high school 
JROTC cadets on Saturday. 

Demon Challenge, which serves 
as both a recruiting tool for the NSU 
ROTC program and a team compe- 
tition for the high school students, 
was a day-long event. 

"It is a test of endurance and 
strength," said Captain Jaison Koon- 
ankeilofthe NSU ROTC. 

The ROTC hosted five sur- 
rounding high schools including 
Natchitoches Central High School, 
South Beauregard High School and 
Leesville High School. 

The day consists of half compe- 
tition and half fun, Koonankeil said. 

Brian Lane, a sophomore in the 
NSU ROTC program, said there are 
many positive aspects to Demon 
Challenge, especially for the high 
school students. 

"This day is good for building 
team cohesiveness and for building 
the social skills of high school stu- 
dents in JROTC," Lane said. 

This year, NSU ROTC fo- 
cused on making Demon Challenge 
slightly more demanding of the high 
school cadets than they were last 
year, Koonankeil said. 

Schools were tested in team- 

work with a one-rope bridge chal- 
lenge. The Army uses this maneuver 
to get across rivers and it entails one 
soldier swimming across the river to 
secure the rope and then the rest fol- 
lowing by way of the rope. 

After being instructed by the 
NSU cadets on how to safely and ef- 
fectively perform the maneuver, the 
JROTC teams actually had the op- 
portunity to construct their own rope 
bridge. Their performances were 
timed and critiqued by the NSU 

A leadership reaction course 
was another Demon Challenge 
event. The teams were given a sce- 
nario in which the entire team had to 
cross a simulated minefield. In the 
scenario if anyone made a mistake 
and hit a mine they would have to 
start over. 

Additionally, teams participated 
in a physical fitness test. This in- 
cluded pull-ups, sit-ups and the flex- 
arm-hang, where a person pulls their 
body up and remains above the bar 
for as long as possible. 

The teams also raced in a five- 
kilometer foot march with a weight- 
ed ruck sack. 

The final competition that 
schools participated in was an ori- 
enteering test in which teams were 
given certain locations and then had 
to find each mark by using only a 
compass and their own pace count. 

The NSU ROTC has compiled 

the scores of the participating teams 
and will announce the overall winner 
on Oct. 10. NSU President Randall 
Webb will present the winning team 
with a trophy during that weekend's 
home football game. 

The other participating high 
school cadets will be given free tick- 
ets to the game as well, Koonankeil 

Jessica Riley, a senior at Lees- 
ville High School said she got a lot 
out of Demon Challenge. 

"This is a learning experience, 
and I have always liked coming 
here," Riley said. 

Riley plans on attending NSU 
next fall and major in business. 

Kelvin Brown II, a senior NSU 
ROTC cadet, said Demon Challenge 
is a great confidence booster for 
JROTC cadets. 

This was Brown's second year 
participating in Demon Challenge. 
He thinks it gives high school stu- 
dents an opportunity to see what the 
military is actually like. 

'They could be out doing nega- 
tive things, but instead they gave up 
their Saturday for this," Brown said. 

The ROTC had been planning 
the event since September. 

Next year, Koonankeil said he 
and the rest of the ROTC program 
intends to start planning at the begin- 
ning of the summer 201 0. They want 
the event to grow and have more 
schools participate. 


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Three of the nine cast members of "School House Rock" during their performance. Top: Julie Fletcher, Middle: Taylor 
Marrs, Bottom: Annie Gaarder 

Childhood cartoon 
'rocks' A. A. Fredericks 

Sarah Person 

Staff Reporter 

NSU's Theater and Dance de- 
partment kicked off the se- 
mester with their first musi- 
cal "School House Rock Live." 

Cast member Corwin Barnes 
likes the high energy of the play. 

"It's a change of pace from the 
plays you do in college and it's a 
high energy musical," he said. 

Pia Wyatt, director of perfor- 
mance and directing said the theater 
department likes to do an outreach 
program in the community. 

"This year, local grade school 
children were primarily the focus 
since last year's play 'Romeo and 
Juliet' targeted older students", she 

With "School House Rock 
Live" teaching grammar, history, 
math, science and politics through 
song and dance, students watching 
were able to enjoy and learn impor- 
tant educational lessons at the same. 

In the play, nine cast members 
sing and dance on stage while trying 
to motivate a teacher for his first day 
of school. 

"It is Mr. Morton's first day of 
school as a teacher," Barnes said. 
"He is nervous, so before he goes to 
work he flips on the television, and 
School House Rock is on. These 
characters are ideas in his head, dif- 
ferent sides of him." 

Barnes plays the character of 
Mack, who has a jock persona. 

"He is a good guy who has a lot 
of energy and just has a lot of fun 
on the stage," Barnes said. Theater 
major Emily Tuttle plays the part of 
Dori. a fun and silly girl whomTuttle 
said reminds her of herself. 

Tuttle is glad that students arc 
watching the play. 

"Theater is becoming a dying 
art, so it is important that the chil- 
dren get to see the play and get influ- 
enced," Tuttle said. 

George, the mature and roman- 
tic side of Mr. Morton, is played 

by sophomore theater major Austin 

"It's the best feeling in the 
world to know that we could be in- 
spiring thousands of kids who will 
be watching in awe and excitement," 
Babin said. 

"Not to mention," he added, 
"that the show is just a solid hour of 
fun and energy for us, the perform- 
ers, and the audience". 

The play is based on the cartoon 
of the same name, which ran on the 
ABC network on Saturday mornings 
from 1973 to 1985. 

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The play will run again from 
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Tori Ladd 

Life Editor 


teve Hicks, director of General 
Studies and Advising in the 
University College, was 
awarded the Outstanding Staff 
Advisory Award, on Aug. 24. 

Hicks is the first staff 
member the university has 
recognized with the honor. 

Being an advisor consists 
of having knowledge in degree 
requirements and course rotations, 
awareness of campus and community 
resource and knowing whom to call 
to help. 

Students are tools an 
advisor must use daily. 

Hicks said that having 
patience and understanding makes 
the process easier for students as 
well as himself. 

There is no process an 
administrator has to go through 
to become an adviser. However, 
they do have to attend statewide 
conferences and join regional and 
national associations. 

WTiile working at NSU, 
Hicks has had several titles and 
job descriptions with each position 
requiring specific academic advising 

"I have worked with 
several populations of students, 
including student-athletes, students 
with disabilities, and undecided/ 

exploratory students." Hicks said. 

Recently. Hicks has been 
working with older, non-traditional 
learners who are returning to school 
after being away for 1 or 1 5 years. 

"Advising has been very 
rewarding for me on several levels," 
Hicks said. 

Hicks explained that 
advising is an extension of teaching 
in the classroom and that good 
advisers will help their advisees 
weigh the pros and cons to help them 
make informed decisions. 

He adds that good advisers 
should not make the decisions, but 
they should guide, coach and mentor 
their students. 

Many of Hicks' students 
remain in contact with him after they 
graduate from NSU. 

"E-mail and Facebook has 
made it easier," Hicks said. "Or 
we might bump into each other at 
homecoming. It is neat to watch 
them grow up and mature over 

Hicks recalls that 
homecoming has been more fun 
these last couple years because 
he has had the opportunity to see 
several advisees who want to swing 
by and visit Friday afternoons. 

He recalls running into one 
of his advisees from 1994-1995 who 
played football for NSU. 

The former student is 
currently 33-years-old and is now a 
surgeon in New Orleans. 

Before coming to NSU, 
Hicks had one year of experience 
in advising at Austin Peay State 
University in Tennessee. 

Lisa Abney, acting provost 
and vice president for Academic and 
Students Affairs, said in an NSU 
press release that the university 
emphasizes academic advising as a 
"very important part of what we do 
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students has a direct impact upon 
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Be Frank: communication breakdown 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 


oiks have 
me in the 
past few weeks 
saying that I have 
"generalized the 
male gender" and 
that I am "biased," that I'm a "man 
hater" and everything else of the re- 
lated sort based on my thoughts in 
my previous column: "Be Frank: 
Call for Prince Charming." 

1 first w ant to begin by thanking 
all of you who approached me with 
your opinion. It is always shocking 
and pleasing to hear people take time 
out of their busy lives to read "Be 
Frank." I have taken much time in 
the past couple weeks to think about 
your comments and your thoughts. 

There are a few things I might 
need to clarify. First, I like boys — A 
LOT (or as a friend says, I like men, 
a lot). 

I don't pay attention to the con- 
versations girls have with boys be- 
cause I am not a boy nor am I inter- 
ested in girls. With that being said, 
I also need to address that there is 
a communication barrier between 
genders that prohibits us from prop- 
erly communicating. 

In no way do I think that one 
gender is more "at fault" than the 
other, just simply that there are 
stereotypes that become the focus 
of conversation. Being a girl who 
chooses to talk with boys, I am most 
familiar with the male stereotypes. 

I ask any man to write a column 
expressing his views on relation- 
ships, dating, pick-up lines, com- 

munication, the female gender or 
anything thing else that flips your 
skirt. But please realize that until 
you sit down and write it out, your 
voice will always be muffled by the 
perceived stereotype that currently 
dominates the male gender. I am 

This all resurfaced while dis- 
cussing with our sports editor the 
faux -pas and general rules of dating. 

To quote my colleague, "Dat- 
ing is a game. I just want to find a 
girl who you can walk up to and tell 
her you like her and she tells you 
the same. And then go on Facebook 
and make it official because we all 
know nothing is official unless it is 
on Facebook." 

Afterward we discussed in the 
doorway the ridiculous rules of dat- 
ing and the trials and tribulations ev- 
eryone must endure. 

As discussed last week, I know 
nothing about sports. I thank the man 
in the moon for putting wonderful 
boys (or men) in my life (like our 
sports editor and other fellows in the 
athletic department) who will cor- 
rect me when I call the "false start" a 
"fake start" so I look less ignorant in 

But in football you have these 
random rules. Granted, they might 
make more sense when you under- 
stand the game, but they are still ran- 
dom rules that dictate how the game 
is played. 

The whole point of the game, 
as I understand it, is to get as many 
points as possible via touchdowns, 
safeties and field goals. But nothing 
is that simple. You have to do it in 
downs and if you don't do the downs 
right than the other team gets the 

ball. If you jump the gun in the line 
up then they blow the whistle. And 
then there are all the other rules that 
are still so far above my head. 

Dating is the same way. The 
point of dating is to find someone 
you want to be intimate with physi- 
cally, sexually, spiritually, emotion- 
ally and any other way that satisfies 
both parties' ultimate means. 

That, in and of itself, is fine. 
The problems come when between 
the "hello my name is..." and "let's 
date," to once more quote my col- 

He defined this "time between 
periods" as a game girls play to test 
if the guy really likes her. I am not 
going to say he is wrong, but I am 
not certain that I can truly agree with 
him. But at the same time, I am a 
fairly "frank" person — or I try. 

But it is during that time period 
when you first meet the individual 
you are interested in and the time 
you make it "Facebook official" that 
the communication barrier is most 

There are regulations about 
when you kiss first, who initiates it, 
when is too soon to call (or now text, 
Facebook, email or even Tweet) or 
anything else. 

This communication barrier has 
nothing to do with faults of either 
gender, but rather with what makes 
that gender unique. 

It is what it is, but it does make 
dating more complicated if you 
choose to forever remain ignorant to 

Prince Charming does not need 
to be a man on a white horse, but he 
should be a man you want to join for 
a ride. 



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Did you see 
the student 
section in 
Turpin Stadium 
for the Demon 
Football home 
opener two Satur- 
days ago? 

Were you a part of the student 
core rocking "The Inferno?" See- 
ing the student section packed and 
watching all the screaming Demon 
fans engage with the players on the 
sideline was a sight to be seen, and 
it was one that will be vivid in my 
memory for some time to come. 
That night marked what was possi- 
bly the most energetic and spirited 
student section I have seen since I 
came to NSU in 2003. 

It doesn't stop at football, either. 
Both Lady Demon Soccer and Lady 
Demon Volleyball have experienced 
great support from the student body 
this season, and I believe that's a 
sign of more good times to come 
during this athletic calendar year. 

Beyond the number of students 
pouring in the gates at our athletic 
venues, how about the facelifts our 
facilities have received? The NSU 
Soccer Complex and Prather Colise- 
um have never looked better thanks 
to new scoreboards, a press box 
project, new signage and banners 
and many other facility enhance- 
ment endeavors. 

Spectacular new turf, a fresh 

paint job, new scoreboard with 
jumbo replay screen ... it seems as if 
I'm leaving out some aspect of what 
makes Turpin Stadium look as mag- 
nificent as it does these days. 

Oh, I know, an incredible set 
of banners on the East Side of the 
stadium. How could I forget that? 
Maybe it's because if you drive by 
right now, you wouldn't see most of 
the banners that were installed. Why 
is that? 

While some grumbling over the 
student section being coined "The 
Inferno" has surfaced, it apparently 
isn't such an awful name to keep 
some unknown selfish individuals 
from thinking the banners would 
look better in a living room than in 
the middle of YOUR student section. 
That's right; the two "The Inferno" 
banners were stolen from their place 
in Turpin Stadium only days after 
the Demons' home opener on Sept. 

The fact that a few bad apples 
ruin the whole bushel is inevitable, 
and it rings true in this situation. I 
am sure that 99.9 percent of the 
people in Turpin Stadium at the first 
home game looked at those ban- 
ners and thought they were a great 
addition. Unfortunately, some fools 
were selfish and stole from YOU, as 
part of the NSU student body. These 
banners were funded as part of the 
Stadium Enhancement Project ap- 
proved by the SGA, using student 

With no evidence as to who may 
be the culprit, the only thing that is 

clear is that the banners are indeed 
missing. For those who are prideful 
of THEIR student section and our 
athletic facilities, I challenge you to 
help retrieve the banners and give 
Turpin Stadium another night to 
remember on Oct 10 when the De- 
mons open Southland Conference 
play against perennial SLC power 
Central Arkansas on Military Appre- 
ciation Night. 

If you have any information on 
this topic, please feel free to pass it 
along confidentially. Information 
can be emailed to NSUathletics@ 

The number one goal of the 
Athletic Department now is to have 
the banners back in place for Oct. 
10. The department has made great 
strides in creating new offerings to 
the student body through the De- 
mon Rewards program, adding pro- 
motions and giveaways at events, 
branding student sections and offer- 
ing student buses to athletic events 
on the road. That trend will contin- 
ue, but the responsibility of making 
these ventures worthwhile rests on 
those consuming the benefits. 

The success of our athletic pro- 
grams relies on the support from the 
NSU student body, faculty and staff 
and the Natchitoches community. 
The response has been tremendous 
thus far, and everyone who has been 
a part of it is greatly appreciated. 
It's YOUR enthusiasm that allows 
NSU's endeavors to succeed! We'll 
see you at the game... FORK 'EM 

Half the Battle: Priorities 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in Chief 

On a scale 
of one to 
five, how- 
much help do you 
think the govern- 
ment should give 
with heath care? 
On this scale, one means you feel 
the government should help and five 
means you think people ought to be 
helping themselves. 

According to the General So- 
cial Survey (GSS) slightly more 
than 29 percent of those surveyed 
from 1972-2006 feel the government 
should be helping. 

But to what extent? 
Right now, the "popular" thing 
to do is discuss health care and Presi- 
dent Barack Obama's plan to "fix" it. 
First of all, though, we need to sift 
through the propaganda. 

There will be no death panels, 
no matter what you're told. There 
may be a line somewhere in there 
that may say something or other 
about discussing the possibility of 
stopping all treatment. 

But there, as far as I have read, 
will be no 'Dr. Death's coming in to 
pull the plug to give a hospital some 
extra room. ' 

Also, illegal immigrants will not 
automatically be given free health 
care by the government. That's just 
absurd. Illegal immigrants might be 
given false documents that allows 
them to get some, but that's been a 
problem for years. 

Lastly, the government will not 
be using public funding for abor- 
tions. I don't think this requires more 

Now, the biggest problem peo- 
ple have with the plan as it stands 
is the money. Considering our won- 
derful economy, I cannot fathom as 
to why they'd be so worried. But, 
if you are worried, you may have a 

This project will spend a ton 
of money. Money we don't exactly 
have right now. More money in the 
next 10 years than the Iraq and Af- 
ghanistan wars combined have cost 
us already. 

And, we're being asked to 
spend this after we spend a lot more 
money on the Cash for Clunkers pro- 

gram than we got back from the car 
sales. Your track record for fixing 
things isn't all that good for you, Mr. 

Of course, I have considered 
that there may be some benefit to 
this plan. . . but I just can't find it. 

Instead of spending a lot more 
money than I'll ever hope to pay 
back my share of, why don't we 
spend it on things we could really 

Just throwing it out there, but 
education could probably use some 

I may just be a bitter NSU stu- 
dent, but seeing the massive budget 
cuts to education deeply saddens 
me (especially when I think of this 
school, where education is suffering, 
but we can spend money making the 
campus look pretty and renovating 
buildings we haven't used in years 

Granted, I could talk about 
money for education all day, but 
that's not the point. The point is that 
we have a lot of other places we can 
stick money to do some good. I think 
we really just need to get our priori- 
ties straight. 

Halos for our silent angels 

Paul Randall Adams 

Guest Columnist 

standing be- 
fore a crowd 
of thousands, all 
eyes on you. The 
wind is blowing 
through your hair; 
the spotlight is shining down on you. 

The world stands before you, 
staring at you, loving you. Tears are 
streaming down your face, and one 
of the biggest pop stars of all time is 
on one knee, singing to you. A smile 
and a sob overtake you, and you 
break down crying — the best mo- 
ment of your life has just happened. 

For 11-ycar-old Chelsea James, 
this is exactly what happened at Be- 
yoncc's show in Australia. Chelsea 
is not an average 1 1 year old. She 
has a rare form of cancer and is un- 
dergoing chemotherapy. 

Beyoncc pulled her onstage, 
bent down, hugging her and began 
to sing her hit "Halo" to her. Not at 
her, not with her on stage, but to her. 

The whole world, for just a mo- 
ment, stopped for Chelsea James. 
Every one of Bcyonce's fans that 

night witnessed one of the most 
touching moments that has ever hap- 
pened onstage. Hundreds of people 
shed tears over it. 

For a moment, the pop diva had 
transcended beyond her role as a per- 
former and had revealed herself as a 
human being. For a moment, Be- 
yonce allowed the world to see her 
bleeding heart and she sang proudly, 
"Chelsea, I can see your halo. I pray 
it won't fade away." 

This is the news that never 
makes headlines. This is the story 
that goes untold on the local news. 
This is the story that you and I only 
hear after it has been tweeted by El- 
len DeGeneres. 

This is the news that we only 
learn through the grapevine that is 
the information highway — social 

It is hard to realize all of the 
amazing things that happen daily 
around us. It is hard to see that won- 
derful happen about us all day long. 

It's easy to focus on the terrible 
things that happen daily. It's easier 
for people to remember the terrible 
things that have happened to them 
than to remember the wonderful 

"The Poet's Life" is a poem 

written by Ellen Burroughs. It de- 
scribes a poet whose work was never 
heard, except for by a pair of lovers, 
whenever it reflected good emo- 
tions. Whenever his poetry turned 
dark, angry, however, the world was 
attracted to it. The world enjoyed his 

There are too many beautiful 
things in this world to latch on to 
despair. Whenever a mega-star sings 
songs to cancer patients out of the 
goodness of her heart, it should be 

Whenever high schoolers vote a 
girl with severe Down syndrome as 
their homecoming queen, it should 
be recognized. Whenever a teenager 
sacrifices his time to help a blind 
person learn to work with horses, it 
should be noted. 

There are good people every- 
where, daily. Soup kitchens are 
filled with them, churches are thank- 
ful for them. Bake sales are manned 
with them. The leaders of Facebook 
groups concerned about Darfur, 
child abuse and the death of police 
in the line of duty are all good, con- 
cerned people. 

It may just make bad days a 
little more bearable knowing that 
they're there, helping, loving. 

The views expressed 
in this publication do 
not necessarily reflect 
those of The Current 

Sauce or the university. 
All submissions may 

be edited for clarity and 

Guest columnists must 
be NSU students, but 
letters to the editor are 
welcome from anyone. 
All submissions become 
property of The Current 

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THIS space 
for YOU. 

Robert Caldwell 

Letter to the Editor 

Curtis Desselles' "The Great 
American Club" in your 
Sept. 23 edition comes to 
some reasonable conclusions: immi- 
grants in the United States without 
documents should seek citizenship 
and those of us that were born or 
naturalized Americans should renew 
our commitment by participating in 
our democracy. 

But Mr. Desselles arrives at 
these conclusions on the back of 
immigrants. Undocumented people 
do- and always have- paid their fair 

They pay a higher tax burden 
than citizens or those with a green 
card. In addition to sales tax, which 
everyone pays, payroll withholding 
is taken out, but the undocumented 
workers are not allowed to get a tax 
refund from the IRS. 

They pay into Medicare and 
Social Security, but will never enjoy 
the benefits. In fact, undocumented 
people are ineligible for the vast ma- 
jority of state and federal benefits. 

Unless you are a Native Ameri- 
can, your family came as willing or 
unwilling immigrants to the United 


If your family came willingly, 
they most likely stepped off a boat at 
a major port. 

Attaining citizenship was 
straightforward, but some chose not 
to become citizens, attested by the 
number of French Nationals in La. 
that chose to retain their French Citi- 
zenship, at least until the Civil War. 
Restrictions on immigration were 
racialized from the beginning; until 
the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1892 
there were no restrictions at all upon 

Since then, almost every restric- 
tion in immigration has racial and 
national bias. 

Current laws make citizenship 
all but impossible to many undocu- 
mented immigrants in the United 
States today. 

Those demonized the most- 
Mexicans- are descendants of the 
tribes that lived on this continent be- 
fore Europeans arrived. 

The immigration system in the 
United States is broken. The only 
way to fix it is to pave a road for citi- 
zenship, thus opening the books for 
membership in a "Great American 
Club" once again. 

I thank Mr. Desselles for the op- 
portunity of this dialogue. 


Andy Bullard 
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Sports Editor 
September 30, 2009 

Rough patch 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

The end of non-conference ac- 
tion is a welcomed sight for 
the NSU football team. 
The Demons through the first 
four games of its season have done 
something no other team has done 
since 1 974, and that's to start the sea- 
son 0-4. The latest loss came to the 
hands of the Big XII's Baylor Bears, 
by the final score of 68-13. With this 
game the Bears have defeated the 
Demons by a score of 122-20. 

The Demons looked good in 
the first quarter of the game. The de- 
fense stepped up and held the Bear's 
offense to a turnover on downs, 
thanks in part to a Gary Riggs tackle 
on fourth and two. 

Then the offense drove right 
down the field, on a scoring drive 
that covered 75 yards on 15 plays 
and ate 7:11 off of the clock. 

The drive ended with a Wil- 
liam Griffen one-yard touchdown 
run. After that Baylor showed why 
they play in the Big XII. The Bears 
scored on its next four drives. 

Two were scored through the 
air via a 76 and 38 yard touchdown 

pass, and the other two were scored 
on the ground thanks to a 78 and 
one-yard touchdown run. 

"That's a team with a lot of 
quality athletes, and they'll wind up 
the season playing in a nice bowl 
game," Head Coach Bradley Dale 
Peveto said. "I thought we were go- 
ing to make a game of it there in the 
first quarter, but their quarterback 
and their speed was just too much." 

In the first half, the Demons 
would go on to add a 40-yard field 
goal from freshmen John Shaugh- 
nessy. Baylor, however, was just 
too much for the Demons in the first 
half, putting up a mark of 41-10. 

This is the most points the Bears 
have scored in the first half since 
they put up 49 on San Jose State in 
1994. William Griffen led the way 
on the ground for the Demons. He 
had 19 carries for 74 yards and the 
game's first score. 

John Hundley was second on 
the team in rushing with 42 yards 
on only four rushes. Tyler Wolfe's 
second game was not as memorable 
as his first. He completed 13 passes 
on 2 1 attempts for only 89 yards. He 
also threw two interceptions. 

Darius Duffy led the way for all 

Photo by Chris Reich 

Saftey Gary Riggs sacks the Baylor quarterback on a fourth and two 
play. The Demons would go on to lose the game 68-13. 

Demons receivers with 41 yards on 
four catches. Kicker John Shaugh- 
nessy had a good game on the spe- 
cial teams end of the field, he was 
two for two on field goals, one from 
40 yards and the other from 25. 

The Demons now look forward 
to a bye week as they prepare to be- 
gin conference on Oct. 10. They will 
play host to the University of Central 
Arkansas, to kick of Southland Con- 
ference action. 

Lady Demons sliding down slippery slope 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

All goes wrong for Lady De- 
mons Volleyball team. 
The Lady Demon Volleyball 
team went winless this weekend and 
continued to spiral downward, as 
they rack up numbers in the loss col- 

The team moved to 1-10 on the 
season after three consecutive losses 
to SLC schools. 

NSU's second loss to a confer- 
ence foe came at the hands of Mc- 
Neese State Cowgirls. 

The Cowgirls defeated the Lady 
Demons in four sets: 25-16, 13-25, 
14-25 and 15-25. 

NSU easily won the first set, 
scoring nine consecutive points to 
put the Lady Demons up 17-10 

An attacking error by McNeese 
and a kill by Laranda Span closed 
out the set in favor of NSU. 

The next three sets were a com- 
plete U-turn for the Lady Demons. 

Attacking errors got the best of 
the team, committing 15 errors in the 

second and third set. 

In the fourth set, the Lady De- 
mons fought hard and jumped to 
an early lead thanks to three errors 
by the Cowgirls and kills by Nicole 
Hajka, Megan Manning and Spann. 

McNeese would eventually pull 
ahead and win the match due to 13 
attacking errors by the Lady De- 

Yelena Enwere led the Lady De- 
mons with 10 of the team's total 32 
kills. NSU committed 32 attack- 
ing errors and netted a hitting per- 
centage of .000. 

The Cowgirls hit .157 and com- 
mitted just 24 errors and had 43 kills. 

The Lady Demons continued 
their road trip to Lumberjack coun- 
try as they faced Stephen F. Austin 

The match ended in the same 
fashion adding another loss to NSU's 
record. The Lady Lumberjack de- 
feated the Lady Demons in straight 
sets: 20-25, 14-25 and 19-25. 

As a team, the Lady Demons 
managed a hitting percentage of . 1 1 2 

Enwere led the team again, 


earning a hitting percentage of .226 
to go along with 1 2 kills. 

The Lady Demons committed 
33 total errors including 20 attack- 
ing errors and nine service errors. 

SFA had two players with dou- 
ble digit kills to go along with the 
team's hitting percentage of .278. 
Kelsey Owens and Ashley Bailey 
both had 1 1 kills 

The last three losses for the 
team were the most valuable so far. 
Not only were UCA, MSU and SFA 
conference foes, they were all divi- 
sional rivals. 

"With UCA, McNeese and Ste- 
phen F. Austin all in our division 
(SLC East), the power of the league 
seems to be shifting from the West 
to the East," fourth year head coach 
Brittany Uffleman said. "Don't get 
me wrong, there are some tremen- 
dously talented teams in the West, 
but I think the East is starting to 
catch up with them." 

The Lady Demons look to 
change things around this Thursday 
as they face Southeastern University 
in Prather Coliseum. 

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Northwestern State freshman 
Karensa Ellis posted her first 
collegiate victory Monday 
Leading five Lady Demons in 
the top seven as the host team won 
the women's division of the NSU In- 
vitational cross country meet at De- 
mon Hills Golf Course. 

Ellis ran a 20:42.36 time over 
the hilly 5k course, outpacing fellow 
NSU freshman Allison Fontenot. 
second in 21:12.44. 

NSU's scoring was complet- 
ed by sophomore Lawana Perkins 
(fourth. 21:55.12), walk-on fresh- 
man Sarah Emory (fifth, 21:55.42) 
and freshman Kirstie Jones (seventh, 

The Lady Demons posted 19 
points to top Centenary (46), Loui- 
siana Tech (84), East Texas Baptist 
(102) and Louisiana College. 

The Lady Demons head away 
off the start line and take control 

In the men's race, Louisiana 
Tech also had five of the fastest 
seven times as Jack Ramstad set the 
pace over 8k with a 28:34.75 clock- 

NSU freshman Josh Crandell 
ran fourth in 29:23.90, joined in the 
top 10 by two more Demons. 

Junior Cameron Mehl (ninth, 
31:11.43) and walk-on freshman 
Chris Lanier (10th, 31:18.12). 

Louisiana Tech won with 18, 
followed by Northwestern (53), 
Centenary (65), Louisiana College 
(106) and ETBU (108). 

"Obviously I was really proud 
of our girls for winning, and running 
hard." NSU cross country coach 
Haley Blount said. 

"They knew the course like the 
back of their hands, since we run it 
once a week. 

"Their goal was to sweep, and 
we didn't do that, but w e came pretty 
darned close. 

"I was especially proud of Sarah 
Emory, my walk-on freshman, who 
almost beat Lawana. Karensa, as al- 
ways, runs well. " 

It's kind of hard when you're 
out there by yourself to push hard, 
which was the case with Karensa. 
Alii, and Lawana and Sarah. 

"1 w as really proud of how hard 
they ran, the times they ran and how 
well they finished." 

Two more Lady Demon run- 
ners, junior Andrea Warren (eighth. 
22:59.54) and sophomore Courtney 
Hershberger (12th. 23:56.84), did 
not score. 

Completing the scoring for the 
NSU men were sophomore Bre- 
shon Williams, 12th in 33:52.53, 
and freshman Matt Lanier, 18th in 
36:53.17. Freshman Kyle Lessig did 
not finish. 

"I didn't have three of my top 
five today, but we still managed to 
pull out a second-place finish so I 
couldn't be any happier with the 
guys who ran they way they did," 
said Blount. 

"Josh has been hurt and sick, 
out all week, so for him to get a top 
five finish was great. 

"Kyle was in first place all the 
way through three miles until he got 
stepped on and had to drop out of the 

"Again, my walk-ons really im- 
pressed me. Chris Lanier really im- 
pressed me today. 

"Cameron still has to push him- 
self a little harder - he ran well, but 
he's better than that. 

"All in all, I'm proud of how my 
team did and thought we had a really 
great showing in a home race." 


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 ♦ Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Student Newspaper of NSU since 1914 ♦Volume 95: Issue 7 

2008 campus crime rate reportedly dropped 

Sarah Person 

Staff Reporter 

The University Police's An- 
nual Security Report has 
been released for all its cam- 
puses, which include Natchitoches, 
Shreveport, Fort Polk/' Leesville and 
England Air Park Campus. 

University Police is required 
by the Clery (Campus Security) Act 
to publish a report every year that 
shows each year's crime statistics. 

The reported crime rate for 
2008 was relatively low with only 
one aggravated assault, 11 burglar- 
ies on campus and five in the resi- 
dence halls. 

There were 32 reported arrests 
for 2008, including the residence 

According to the 2008-2009 
NSU Student Handbook, the cam- 
pus crime rate has been dropping 
since 2003 - the last year provided. 

Between 2007 and 2008, the 
number of burglaries dropped by 26 
and the number of aggravated as- 
saults and drug offenses dropped by 

Additionally, there were no re- 
ported homicides, rapes, suicides, 
arsons or vehicle thefts - there were 
two rapes reported in 2007. 

There was a slight increase in 
weapon and liquor law violations, 
the report stated. 

Detective Doug Prescott said 
accountability is most important on 
knowing who is on campus. 

Although there was a signifi- 
cant drop in thefts and burglaries 
last year, Prescott said there seems 
to be an increase in these activities 
this year. 

"This semester the crime has 
picked up a little bit and that is be- 
cause of thefts, but almost in every 
case, involving these thefts, it is 
a case where doors have been un- 

locked," Prescott said. 

"People have come and visited, 
and when they leave, they leave with 
people's stuff." 

Prescott said he believes more 
precautions could be made. 

"We're not doing a real good 
job as far as a university community 
about who goes in our apartments." 

NSU student Ranee Hawthorne 

Hawthorne said the campus is 
safe for the most part, but there are 
areas that could use improvement. 

"There are some security things 
that lack a little to be desired, like 
getting into the Columns Apartments 
for instance," Hawthorne said. 

"The 'security' gates at the Col- 
umns don't close and that is where 
we have had on-campus shootings in 
the past." 

Another student, Abbie Smith, 
said she did not feel safe when she 
lived on campus. 

"I rarely see officers patrolling 
at night, there are normally two or 
three of them sitting in a parking lot 
just talking," Smith said. 

"I do not think the gates work 
because someone could park at the 
library and walk from there." 

On the other hand, Prescott 
prides the school in being different 
when it comes to security measures. 

"We're unique here at North- 
western in that all our entrances are 
on the north side of the campus," 
Prescott said. 

"With no entrances or exits on 
the south side, we're able to control 
who comes in and who comes out 
a lot better than other universities, 
simply because the way our campus 
is situated." 

Prescott also believes the secu- 
rity stickers on the cars allow more 
accountability on campus, allowing 
officers to know who is supposed to 
be on campus. 

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"The stickers add more account- 
ability," Prescott said. "People know 
that if you are going to be found out 
who you are then you're less likely 
to do something illegal or inappro- 

Smith said she is not in favor of 

the stickers. 

"As far as safety measures, they 
shouldn't let people on campus after 
hours unless they have an on-campus 
parking permit if they were trying to 
be safe," Smith said. "The police just 
see stickers and let anyone through." 

Prescott said, however, this is 
not true. 

"I have seen people drive up at 
night to the gate, see the arm down, 
see a police officer standing there 
and will stop in the parking lot and 
will turn around," Prescott said. 

"You've got to wonder why 
they are leaving if they are here for a 
legitimate purpose." 

A copy of the Annual Security 
Report can be picked up at Univer- 
sity Police or accessed online on the 
department's website. 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

A deputy with the Natchitoches Parish Sherriffs Department attempts to manuever quickly and successfully through 
a simulated road course in the parking lot of Prather Colliseum on Tuesday. The course was part of the NPSD's 
Tactical Police Driving school. Deputy Ronnie Ross with the NPSD instructs the school and explained that the 
course the deputies participated in yesterday required them to drive through the marked path while avoiding hitting 
the cones. Although the drivers did not hit speeds over 40 miles per hour, the participants still sped through the 
parking lot while making 90 degree turns and both tight and sweeping 180 degree turns, Ross said. Ross said the 
primary purpose of this particular course is to create muscle memory associated with making tight turns at high 
speeds, which will help the deputies relax during a stressful vehicle pursuit. All deputies with NPSD must partici- 
pate in and become certified in the Tactical Police Driving school. The deputies will also participate in a reception- 
reaction course and a controlled response course in order to become certified. These courses will be carried out 
through October and Novermber. This is the first time the NPSD used the NSU campus for their school. 

Property stolen from NSU Athletics: 

Department's second recent report of crime 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Detective Doug Prescott and 
the University Police are in- 
vestigating the second alleged 
theft of NSU Athletic Depart- 
ment property in weeks. 

Two televisions and two video 
cameras came up missing from the 
NSU field house last Monday and 
Assistant Athletic Director William 
Broussard said it is his belief that the 
only logical possibility is that they 
were stolen. 

"It is highly unlikely that items 
like that just simply came up miss- 
ing," Broussard said. 

Although he is not exactly sure 
on the total price, Broussard said the 
stolen equipment was not cheap. 
"It's frustrating," Broussard 


Broussard explained the cam- 
eras were highly specialized and the 
televisions were large flat-screens. 

"Whoever did this knew what 
they were doing," Broussard said. 

This is the second alleged theft 

associated with the Athletic Depart- 
ment this semester, but both Brous- 
sard and Prescott are not sure if the 
two instances are related. 

The first alleged theft occurred 
shortly after the first Demon football 
home game on Sept. 19. 

Two decorative banners stat- 
ing the name of the student section, 
"The Inferno," were taken from Tur- 
pin Stadium within a two-day span. 

Prescott said he has had limited 
success with the first case involving 
the banners, but said he is looking 
into some possible leads concerning 
the missing cameras and televisions. 

Broussard said, however, he be- 
lieves there is little that can be done 
in cases such as these and said he 
does not expect for the equipment to 
be found. 

He said as a result of the second 
instance of thievery, officials and 
coaches within the Athletic Depart- 
ment are beginning to realize the im- 
portance of being more careful about 
securing entrances behind them and 
starting to abandon their careless ac- 

"It's made us a little hyper-vigi- 

lant," Broussard said. 

Just like with the instance with 
the stolen banners, Broussard said 
the main problem is that there is too 
great of an area to keep secure. 

"Too many people already have 
access to the building and too many 
people can get access," Broussard 
said. "It makes it impossible to com- 
pletely secure the facility." 

The cameras that were stolen 
were used to film football practices, 
and Broussard said the Athletic De- 
partment is now forced to use older 
cameras and borrow cameras. 

The televisions were in a lounge 
in the field house and used for recre- 
ational purposes. 

Unlike the banners, the Athletic 
Department will not have to pay to 
replace the equipment because it will 
be covered by an insurance claim. 

At this time, Broussard said the 
Athletic Department has decided to 
not pay to replace the stolen banners. 

"Because of the budget cuts the 
university is currently experiencing, 
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The Student Government As- 
sociation overturned two bills 
that would have raised the 
minimum grade point average re- 
quirement for students to be elected 
for the Senate and Executive Board. 

The first bill applied to the Ex- 
ecutive Board and would have raised 
the minimum GPA requirement to a 
2.75 over time. 

The second bill pertained to the 
Senate and would have raised it to a 

In its meeting on Monday, SGA 
Vice President Matt Morrison said 
the Senate had 12 votes in favor, 
nine votes in opposition and two 
votes of abstention for the Executive 

GPA bill. 

There were only two votes in fa- 
vor of the Senate GPA bill, Morrison 

Morrison said that he and SGA 
President Kayla Wingfield expected 
the bills would pass. 

"It was a surprise to both of us," 
Morrison said. 

Morrison said he is partially 
disappointed because he supported 
the bill, but added that part of him 
is happy that the Senate researched 
the issue and made an educated deci- 

"I think the voice and opinion of 
the Senate matters more than mine," 
Morrison said. 

"Personally, as long as they vot- 
ed true to the student body then I'm 

He said that fortunately he be- 

lieves the Senate's votes were "gen- 

Morrison said one of the argu- 
ments presented at the meeting in 
opposition of the Senate GPA bill 
was that the members in the Senate 
are not paid, and therefore should 
not be given such extreme minimum 

Paul Shelton, chief justice of the 
NSU Supreme Court, said he dis- 
agrees with this argument presented 
by some of the senators. 

"I'm pretty sure there were 
some invalid reasons that the bill 
failed." Shelton said. 

He said he fully supported the 
two bills and thinks that once the 
bills are eligible again, the Senate 
should try to pass them. 

Shelton said he thinks the bills 
do not require any changes and if put 

up for vote again, then the changes 
should take place w ithin the Senate 
before voting again. 

Wingfield explained that re- 
gardless of the first bill that failed, 
the Senate will have to at least raise 
the minimum GPA requirement for 
the Executive Board to a 2.5 to meet 
the Recognized Student Organiza- 
tion's requirements. 

Morrison said the Executive 
Board will be working out the details 
in the up coming weeks to determine 
by which method the SGA will make 
this change. 

Until then, Morrison said the 
SGA will be moving forward with 
other issues. 

He explained that the SGA plans 
to poll students to gauge what they 
feel the organization should spend 
its money on. 

Additionally, the Senate passed 
a bill Monday night that will suggest 
to the NSU administration to con- 
sider reopening Watson Library to 
students on Saturdays. 

Morrison said the bill is just the 
first step and if NSU officials do not 
take the request seriously, then the 
SGA has backup plans. 

'We aren't going to stop until 
the students have an adequate place 
to study," Morrison said. 

The SGA also welcomed eight 
new senators in their meeting and 
will gain two more at next week's 

Morrison said the addition of 
the 10 new senators will ensure that 
the SGA maintains quorum during 
the meetings, which has been a prob- 
lem for the organization on at least 
one occasion this semester. 


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Folklife Center celebrates state's rich history 

Sarah Person 

Staff Reporter 

The Louisiana Folklife Center 
at NSU hosted the inaugural 
Louisiana Studies Conference 
on Saturday Sept. 27. 

The theme of this year's confer- 
ence theme focused on the history 
and heritage of the Cane and Red 

Presenters were scholars from 
around the state as well as graduate 

The conference hosted a full 
day of speakers. 

Cecile Elkins Carter, the key- 
note speaker, presented her paper 
"This land was Made for You and 

Elkins has over 35 years of 
scholarly research on Caddo Indians, 
and she is a member of the Caddo In- 
dian Nation of Oklahoma. 

Lisa Abney, acting provost and 
vice president for Academic and 
Student Affairs, served as co-chair 
with Shane Rasmussen, director of 
NSU's Folklife Center. 

"This is a great opportunity for 
faculty, staff, students and the com- 
munity to interact and learn from 
one another," Abney said. 

"We are fortunate to have our 
conference underwritten by a Cane 
River National Heritage Area grant." 

Sessions discussed different 
topics that involved Louisiana's her- 

John Sutherlin, professor of po- 
litical science at the University of 
Louisiana at Monroe, presented his 
paper "Louisiana's Alternative En- 
ergy Policy: How the 'Bayou' State 
could become the 'Biomass'State." 

Sutherlin said that his paper 

Photo by Sarah Person/The Current Sauce 

Thomas Aiello, a professor from the University of Louisiana Lafayette, was one of many educators to speak at the Louisiana Studies Conference. 

deals with the idea of having a com- 
mission on alternative energy in 

"Northwest Louisiana is ide- 
ally located and NSU is poised to be 
a leader in this industry." Sutherlin 

Sutherlin said that instead of 
burning wood, one can harness the 

electricity from it and that with this 
alternative energy plan could be a 
fantastic boost in the economy. 

Sutherlin enjoyed the confer- 
ence and how there were many dif- 
ferent presentations. 

'The audiences were diverse 
as the speakers," Sutherlin said. "I 
enjoyed how this first conference 

was primarily focusing on Louisiana 

David Anderson, associate 
professor of history at Louisiana 
Tech University, commends NSU's 
Folklife Center on the conference. 

"For a first time thing this was 
very well done," Anderson said. "It 
brought scholars from all around the 

state so this is something the NSU 
Folklife Center should be proud of." 

"They were very ambitious 
since the hardest thing is the begin- 
ning, but the Folklife Center already 
has something lined up for next 
year," Anderson said. 

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Participants walking in displaying their costumes at the 16th Annual Creole Heritage Celebration. 

Mardi Gras celebrated locally 

Shelita Dalton 

Staff Reporter 

New Orleans isn't the only 
place with a rich Mardi Gras 
tradition and Creole culture. 
The NSU Louisiana Creole 
Heritage Centers sponsored the 16 th 
Annual Creole Heritage Celebration 
at the Natchitoches Events Center on 
October 9th. 

The residents of Grand Marais 
in Iberia Parish displayed their fes- 
tive costumes as part of the event. 

According to the NSU press re- 
lease, the community members of 
Grand Marais created the costumes. 

This was only the second time 
they [costumes] have been seen out- 
side of their area. 

Student volunteer senior social 
work major Tequila Johnson said she 
admire the people who wore the cos- 
tumes because they looked heavy. 

There were several different 
types of costumes show cased at 
the event including a patriotic red, 

white, and blue along with the cus- 
tomary Mardi Gras purple, green 
and gold. 

The Wu-Tang Krewe, Wu-Tang 
She Rebels, Unknown Krewe, Un- 
known Divas, Ricky's Costumes, 
Can You Hemi Na, The Bedon Group 
and the Originals were the 16 th An- 
nual Creole Heritage Celebration. 

The celebration also included 
food, dancing and prize giveaways. 
DJ Tony Groove provided the attend- 
ees with selections of Zydeco music 
as well as oldies music. Guests were 
also given a chance to win prizes a 
$200 cash prize through a drawing. 

The event gave the Creole 
people an opportunity to celebrate 
their heritage. During the welcome 
address Community Liaison Trac- 
ey Colson made a challenge to the 

"What I am asking is for every- 
one to continue to support us and to 
get others interested," she said. "It's 
time for a Creole renaissance; we are 
unique, we are special, we are differ- 


Other activities held as a part 
of the festivities included a fo- 
rum that took place at St. Anthony 
Church on Second Street. 

The main purpose of the fo- 
rum was to stress the significance 
of documenting and preserv- 
ing the endangered Creole Lan- 

There was also the St. Augus- 
tine Church Fair and the Natchi- 
toches Annual Tour of Homes. 

The public also had an oppor- 
tunity to obtain genealogy infor- 
mation about their culture. 

Residents from Cloutierville 
to Lafayette came to take part in 
the 16 lh Annual Creole Heritage 

Even those, like Johnson, who 
didn't have a direct connection 
with the celebration found it enter- 

"It was an enlightening and 
exciting event; I enjoyed it," John- 
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Kappa Alpha fraternity 
in spirit of moving 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Reporter 

The thought of moving once is 
enough for most people; a sin- 
gle house generally takes days 
to pack and unpack. 

This isn't usually an activity that 
someone eagerly anticipates doing, 
but instead of participating in typi- 
cal recreational weekend activities, 
many Kappa Alpha Order members 
and members awaiting initiation 
opted instead to help out someone in 
desperate need of moving. 

Unfortunately for the KA mem- 
bers, Mark Melder, professor of so- 
ciology, needed to move three hous- 
es, each fully furnished. 

It was a boiling weekend, "hot 
as hell," as freshman criminal justice 
major, Daniel McDonnell described. 

It was tedious, tiresome and hot, 
but they persisted in packing and 
moving three houses in a single Sat- 

Members who volunteered 
committed their weekend to moving 
box after box from one house to the 
next. Some left for work and came 

back later in the evening to continue 

One of the participating mem- 
bers had a friend that came to town 
to visit and get a taste of Natchi- 
toches. Instead they got stuck mov- 

It wasn't all work, Melder re- 

"Some nice little old lady brought 
sandwiches," Melder said. 
Others came by to bring the people 
working goodies, as well. 

It all started when Melder's 
mother expressed her to move into a 
smaller house. 

As a result, a complicated sys- 
tem was worked out where Melder 
would move into his brother's house 
while his parents took over his old 
house, and his brother would move 
into their parent's old house, which 
w as, as Melder noted, the largest of 
the three. 

Luckily, the houses were all 
within five miles of each other. 

"I don't think everyone knew 
what they had gotten into," Melder 

Melder's house was packed and 

loaded within a few hours on Friday 
afternoon. As everyone rushed to 
pack the house, a refrigerator, still 
full of food, and four racks still load- 
ed with possessions were carefully 
loaded onto trucks and U-hauls. 

Melder explained that he wanted 
to see how much he could get away 
with in regards to packing without 
removing items from shelves. In the 
end, he said, he couldn't 

Things went relatively smooth- 
ly for a 12-hour move, until they 
started unpacking for his mother, 
who stood in the door cringing as 
her things were being carefully un- 

Melder explained that a girl that 
happened to be there was sent to dis- 
tract her so they could unload her 
piano peacefully. 

"They really did a good job," 
Melder said. 

This wasn't the first time that 
KA members have lent a hand in 
helping someone move. 

Some words of advice? 

"Don't ever move three hous- 
es at once," Melder said. "It was a 
damn nightmare." 

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Speaker fights for 
schools' safety 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Reporter 

The Northwestern State Univer- 
sity School Counseling and 
Student Personnel Services 
program is hosting a forum about 
ways to increase security in schools. 

"Making Schools Safer" was 
be held on Monday, Oct. 12 in the 
Friedman Student Union Ballroom. 

The forum was provided cour- 
tesy of grand funds from a cyber- 
bullying research grant that Perkins 
was awarded through the University 
of Louisiana System and Learn and 
Serve America. 

Michael Dorn, executive direc- 
tor of Safe Havens International, dis- 
cussed ways to improve school safe- 
ty, security, emergency preparedness 
and school climate. 

Topics such as bullying and cy- 
berbullying, assessment-based ap- 
proaches of school safety, practical 
school access control, improving 
student supervision and visitor man- 
agement were covered during the fo- 

Dorn explained that policy is 
prevention, not intervention. 

"Once you have to intervene, 
you've already lost." 

Schools should be assessed for 
danger with scientific processes of 
assessment, not guessing games, he 

Only armed police officers 
should ever search a student for 

weapons. Teachers are not qualified 
for this role. 

Instead, he teaches them proper 
ways to supervise students. 

He claims that supervision of 
students is the number one preventa- 
tive agent. 

Guns being brought to school 
are traumatic and dangerous, but not 
the worst thing that could happen, 
Dorn said. 

He warned to not take the media 
at face value and to use research. 

"If you don't feel safe, you can't 
learn." Dorn explained that School 
should be a place of justice. 

Students should know there are 
consequences to their actions, and 
that they are appropriate. 

"Above all, teacher and student 
need to feel dignity, honor, and re- 
spect when walking into a school be- 
cause you're at your best when you 
feel loved and safe," Dorn said. 

During the presentation, he 
touched on crisis planning for fire 
drills, bad weather, and other types 
of hazards. 

He used a slideshow to demon- 
strate an evacuation that had been 
done improperly. 

He said it was important to 
make sure the plan was doable, prac- 
tical and that teachers know enough 
to put plan in motion. 

"As an education major, I was 
shocked at what can be a danger to 

Christa McAlpin, senior English 

education major, said. "I was also 
uplifted by the fact that it is so easy 
to make these adjustments to create 
a better learning environment." 

"We will have representatives 
from each school in Natchitoches 
Parish, but we are hoping educators 
in the surrounding parishes will be 
able to attend as well," Gerra Per- 
kins, an organizer of the event, said 
before the seminar. 

"We expect to have members 
of the community, law enforcement, 
parents, college students, teachers, 
school counselors, and administra- 
tors in attendance." 

Dorn has worked in Central 
America, Mexico, Canada, Europe, 
Asia, South Africa and the Middle 
East. He has published 25 books on 
school safety. 

During his 25-year public safety 
career, he served as a campus police 
officer, school district police chief, 
school safety specialist for Georgia 
and the lead program manager of the 
Terrorism Division of the Georgia 
Office of Homeland Security. 

As a graduate of the FBI Na- 
tional Academy, Dorn received ex- 
tensive antiterrorism training. 

Dorn has been featured in nu- 
merous school safety training vid- 
eos that have been used around the 

He is regularly interviewed by 
national and international media or- 
ganizations, including NPR, 20/20, 
CNN and major networks. 

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to go green 

Man' Jordan 

Staff Reporter 

|\l SU opens doors for other 

™ colleges and universities by 
becoming the first designated Tree 
Campus USA University in Louisi- 
ana by the Arbor Day Foundation. 

Tree Campus USA is a national 
program that was launched in 2008 
by the Arbor Day Foundation, which 
is the world's largest and oldest tree- 
planting organization. 

Each year the foundations mil- 
lion members plant millions of trees. 

The foundation honors colleges 
and universities and the leaders of 
the campus and surrounding com- 
munities for promoting healthy ur- 
ban forest management and engag- 
ing the campus in environmental 

Leaders at NSU who have made 
this possible for the campus include: 
Chris Sampite. director of grounds 
and custodial services and coordina- 
tor of emergency preparedness; Ste- 
ven Gruesbeck, director of service 
learning and coordinator of NSU's 
Green Initiative; and Marcus Jones, 
vice president for University Affairs. 

They head up a group of indi- 
viduals from the campus community 
and local community who are work- 
ing to identify and recommend cam- 
pus enhancements and beautification 

"This is great for Northwest- 
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one more way we are committing 
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NSU was chosen as a 2009 Tree 
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As most of you may have no- 
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begun a Green initiative. This ini- 
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campus beautification, and service 
learning and community programs. 

In order to become a designated 
Tree Campus USA University, NSU 
had to meet the five standards of tree 
care and community engagement re- 
quired by the Arbor Day Foundation. 

The requirements included es- 
tablishing a campus tree advisory 
committee; evidence of a campus 
tree-care plan; verification of dedi- 
cated annual expenditures on the 
campus tree-care plan; involvement 
in an Arbor Day observance; and the 
institution of a service-learning proj- 
ect aimed at engaging the student 

NSU met all five of these re- 
quirements, and in fall of this year, 
NSU started its green initiative. 

There are 1 1 areas addressed 
in this initiative, but the main focus 
is on behavioral change, recycling, 
campus beautification, infrastructure 
and energy conservation. NSU's re- 
cycling program kicked off on Aug. 
1 with the faculty and staff, and as 
school started the students were 
brought on board. 

According to Sampite and 
Gruesbeck, at the time NSU re- 

ceived the award a week later the 
school received a generous donation 
from local tree owners John and Sid- 
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They donated more than 200 
trees, 250 shrubs, and 300 ground 
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6 were red maple, and 85 were bald 
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unexpected gift," Sampite said. "It 
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It really could not have hap- 
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to have planting days with the help 
of faculty and student volunteers. A 
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Keep Natchitoches Beauti- 
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It was such a success last year that 
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Opinionated Spirits: from a dream to a beer 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Columnist 

Over Ameri- 
ca's histo- 
ry, differ- 
ent races poured 
into this country 
and filled its bor- 
ders like a well- 
poured beer filling the borders of a 
sparkling, clear glass. 

As different races spread across 
the country, tensions between them 
followed. This created a noticeable 
difference in society as visible as the 
layers of a properly poured Black 
and Blue beer, Guinness mixed with 
Blue Moon. 

One of the most commonly 
thought of racial differences are be- 
tween whites and blacks. A simple 
drink can, surprisingly, explain the 

gradual change of the racial tensions 
betw een whites and blacks. 

When a Black and Blue is 
poured properly, there is a perfect 
balance of Guinness on the top and 
Blue Moon on the bottom. The light- 
er colored Blue Moon is allowed 
in the glass first, which would be 
the natural order of segregation in 
America's history. 

While gazing at the beauty of 
Guinness suds flowing to the bottom 
of the top layer, one can see a notice- 
able difference between the colors of 
the two beers just like how one can 
see a noticeable difference between 
the colors of the two races. 

When the Black and Blue first 
hits the taste buds, it is merely the 
Guinness that hits them. Since it 
is clear that there are two different 
beers in the glass at first, it would 
seem like a drinker would obviously 
taste the two separately as he drinks. 

After a few sips toward that fine line 
of beer segregation, a drinker will 
begin to taste the new flavor being 

Over time, the mixed taste be- 
comes more noticeable, and a drink- 
er will begin realizing that he is not 
drinking two separate beers, but one. 

It soon becomes apparent that 
those two different flavors have 
mixed to form one unique flavor, 
much like America's history of con- 
flicting races. Just like it takes two 
noticeably different beers to make a 
Black and Blue, it takes several dif- 
ferent cultures to make the unique 
culture found in America. 

Even the physical appearance 
of this seemingly new beer changes 
toward its complete consumption. 

As the fluffy, white foam head 
journeys closer to the bottom of the 
glass, one can see the gradual change 
in the color. 

By the time a drinker is ready to 
savor the final few sips of the Black 
and Blue, he can see that the drink 
that was once two distinct colors is 
now a single, caramel color. 

Even for America this same 
principle will apply. Scientists have 
claimed that one day the country 
will be united as one race due to 
cross-breeding between members of 
different races, and the culture will 
consist of one race of people who 
will have a caramel skin color. 

Just as a drinker will gradually 
accept the necessity of both Guin- 
ness and Blue Moon to make a 
Black and Blue, people in America 
have gradually accepted the neces- 
sity for blacks and whites, and even 
the many other races that make up 
society, to make not only the unique 
culture that America enjoys today, 
but also one great tasting beer. 

Be Frank: bring home the bacon 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 

There is a 
small farm 
with a pig, 
a chicken and a 

They were 
all very happy 
and pleased with everything that 
their farmer had done for them, so 
they decided to make him breakfast. 
They all chipped in whatever they 
could. The cow gave her milk, the 
chicken gave her eggs and the pig 
gave provided the bacon. 

See, there are different elements 
to everything that don't require ev- 
eryone dying for a cause, but every- 
one needs to be willing to give up a 
little something to make things hap- 

This was the story a professor 
told me a few years back while ex- 
plaining why he had a stuffed pig in 
his office. Apparetly, it served as a 
reminder for this tale. 

In life there are cases were we 
all need to play the pig; we all need 
to decide to give it all. But there are 
also cases where it is essential and 

necessary that we don't and that we 
simply play the part of the cow or the 

Recently, a friend was explain- 
ing to me about his senior year of 
football. It was hard as hell, he didn't 
like the coach and he wasn't overly 
happy. But he went out there and 
played his part. 

The result: life-long knee dam- 
age. But it was worth it to him. It 
was worth having the bum knee for 
life to play for a coach he didn't like. 

It could be argued that he was 
a pig his senior year. He gave his all 
for his team and lost full-working 
functionality of his knee. 

So many times we look at our 
problems and think they are mon- 
strous, and it becomes our job to fix 
all the "evil" in the world. We want 
to put on our cape and be the super- 
hero everyone needs and requires. 

But we forget we only get two 
knees to walk. If we are the pig for 
every cause and every decision, then 
we have wasted our ability to walk 
fighting the small fights and no lon- 
ger have anything left for the big- 
ger more important fights down the 

Folks are constantly telling me 

to "fight the bigger fight," but I never 
quite know what that is. I cannot fig- 
ure out what fight is worth fighting 
and what fight is worth letting some- 
one else win. 

My mom always told me when 
I little to "know when to hold 'em, 
know when to fold 'em." 

I was (and sometimes still am) 
convinced that it was my job to 
make the world a better place and to 
fix every problem out there. It was 
my responsibility, my civic duty, to 
correct every moral injustice. 

But fighting gets tiring. It gets 
old. It slowly kills you. There are 
moments where it is essential you 
stand up and fight that bigger fight. 

The trick is just knowing when 
it is time to be the pig and when it 
acceptable to be the chicken. We all 
leave this world with battle scars, 
but it is our luxury to decide the sto- 
ry our scars tell. 

You can be the fella who walks 
with a slight limp because you 
served one more year for your team. 

You can be the cow with one 
less gallon of milk. You can be the 
chicken with one less egg. 

Or you can be the pig who 
brings home the bacon. 

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Nine blind justices 

Curtis Desselles seen fit to take part in iudicialactiv- months later while he professed his 

Curtis Desselles 

Guest Columnist 

The United 
States of 
America is 
a nation of laws. 

Our found- 
ing fathers started 
this experiment in 
democracy more than 200 years ago, 
but today the system is too complex 
to survive. The three government 
branches were supposed to comple- 
ment each other and balance the 
wishes of the majority. 

This is about how one branch 
(Judicial) is forgetting its place. 
The word 'Justice' is in many great 
American instruments, and the name 
'Justices' is suppose to represent a 
group that protects the fundamental 
principle of fairness which is Ameri- 

For many years I have listened 
to the phrase, "Justice is blind." I do 
not believe that the Justices of the 
U.S. Supreme Court should be blind 
as well. They think in the abstract 
and use very little common sense. 

The instrument of justice is the 
U.S. Constitution. This instrument is 
not infallible, and it was intended to 
be modified and amended only when 
such rights that it guarantees are de- 
nied to legal American citizens. 

The U.S. Supreme Court has 

part in judici; 
ism and to them the constitution is 
seen as an abstract and theoretical 

The scope of this is short, there- 
fore I will cite two cases to make my 
point and justify the essay's title. 
The first case is Herrera v. Collins 
and the second case is Flores-Figer- 
oa v. United States. 

In Herrera, the defendant was 
sentenced to death in Texas and was 
appealing his conviction because of 
new evidence. The new evidence 
suggested that he was innocent and 
several lower courts held that this 
matter should go further. 

In 1993, the U.S. Supreme 
Court heard arguments with Chief 
Justice William Rehnquist deliver- 
ing the opinion and stating "The 
claim of actual innocence based on 
newly discovered evidence does not 
state a ground for federal Habeas re- 

The decision also stated "The 
U.S. Supreme Court is not a Trier of 

These two statements suggest 
that the court and justices are out of 
touch with what justice is. The deci- 
sion was based on the fact that there 
were no trial errors and that due pro- 
cess was adequate. 

Who lives in a vacuum? Is this 
kind of ruling worth a lifetime ap- 

Herrera was executed four 

professed his 
innocence by saying "I am innocent, 
innocent, innocent...." 

The next case is Flores-Figeroa 
v. United States. Flores-Figeroa fo- 
cuses on the Justice Department's 
attempt to enforce immigration laws 
by arresting an undocumented work- 
er who possessed an illegal social se- 
curity card and had committed other 

This legal argument was that 
the undocumented worker's illegal 
social security card constituted iden- 
tity theft. The defendant was found 
guilty by the lower courts and sen- 
tenced to 51 months in prison. 

The U.S. Supreme Court re- 
duced his sentence because the so- 
cial security card didn't belong to 

Wow! How can a court condone 
two crimes? Several laws were bro- 
ken here, one of which was the il- 
legal status of the defendant. This is 
analogous to a person shooting a gun 
into a crowd and not getting charged 
because no one got hit. 

There are many other cases 
suggesting that the U.S. Supreme 
Court is out of touch with the aver- 
age American. 

The U.S. Constitution should 
only be modified and amended when 
such rights that it guarantees are 
denied to legal American citizens. I 
want to emphasize 'legal' citizens. 

Obama awarded Nobel Peace Prize 

Obama got what he deserved 

Marquis Montgomery 

Guest Columnist 

I'll be the first 
to admit I was 
initially a bit 
puzzled by the 
decision to award 
President Barack 
Obama with the 
2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Never mind 
the fact that he's only been in office 
for a little less than nine months, the 
deadline to be considered for the 
Nobel Peace Prize was Feb. 1 , only 
12 days after Obama took office. 
The President himself doesn't even 
feel he deserves it. 

But when you think about it, 
Obama's effect on the world started 
well before Jan. 20. I saw and felt 
the genuine unity, inspiration and 
hope from a lot of my peers of dif- 
ferent races, backgrounds and na- 
tionalities. Another important factor 
to keep in mind is the Nobel Peace 
Prize is often awarded as a way to 
draw attention to critical issues sur- 
rounding peace and give them mo- 
mentum, as opposed to commending 
work already accomplished. Obama 
has been heavily invested in promot- 
ing peace and improving the way 
other countries view America, which 
he is succeeding in doing. 

The Peace Prize Committee's 
surprising choice, already being 
blown way out of proportion, has 
sparked the all too familiar debate 
with all of the usual suspects. 

Way on the left end, you have 
those who annoyingly worship every 
blade of grass the President walks 
on. Then you have the more ratio- 
nal thinking people on either side of 
the debate somewhere in the middle, 
along with those who really couldn't 
care less. And on the other end are 
those (more than likely fans of that 
Imperial Wizard... whoops, I mean 
radio host, Rush Limbaugh) who are 
using this as yet another excuse to 
tear down Obama. The latter speaks 
to a bigger issue going on in Ameri- 

For all the bridges that have 
been built since Obama stepped onto 
the scene, there are some who stand 
at the end of the bridge holding a 
torch. A pattern has developed that 
anytime Obama does something, 
sometimes nothing at all, certain 
people frame it as Armageddon. A 
picture could surface of him eating 
Apple Jacks and someone will vow 
never to eat that cereal again because 
"someone like Obama eats it." 

Of course, people are genuinely 
critical of the job the President is 
doing, as we all should be. I don't 
think anyone in his or her right mind 
could try to claim Obama is perfect. 
And frankly, as dirty as some attacks 
have been (like comparing Obama to 
Hitler), the politics game is about as 
dirty as dirty can get. 

By the way, it was just as dirty 
when some of the same people whin- 
ing now compared Bush to Hitler 
not too long ago. But then you have 

those who take the attacks from 
simply expressing concern or trying 
gain a political edge, to outright try- 
ing to destroy the President. 

There's been a re-enforcing of 
the age-old "Us vs. Them" mental- 
ity when it comes to Obama and 
his family. Phrases like "I want my 
country back," Obama depicted on 
food stamps with chicken and wa- 
termelon, and people who deny the 
legitimacy of his citizenship, have 
agitated me for a while now (as my 
Facebook friends are well aware of)- 

It's sad that having a liberal, 
bi-racial President has gotten cer- 
tain Americans to the point of being 
so UN-American that they rejoice 
when a major American city doesn't 
get the Olympics and paint it as an 
Obama failure. As foolish as it is 
to assume that all criticism against 
Obama is based on race, it's equally 
as foolish to believe that none of it is 
rooted in absolute racism. And this 
situation is no exception. 

I think those who want to criti- 
cize this decision are well in their 
right to do so, but let's remember 
who made the decision; a committee 
that Obama had nothing to do with. 
If it bothers you that much, take it up 
with them. And at the end of the day, 
regardless of which side of this de- 
bate you're on, we should remember 
this isn't a crucial issue and will be 
old news by next week. 

In any event, I congratulate 
Barack Obama for this great honor 
and achievement! 

Take more time in your decision 

Paul Randall Adams 

Guest Columnist 

Alfred No- 
bel passed 
away on 
Dec. 10, 1895, 
leaving behind a 
fortune and a will 
with very specific 
instructions as to how that money 
should be spent. 

He specified that his money 
should be devoted to creating five 
prizes in the areas of physics, chem- 
istry, medicine, literature and peace. 
He left an outlined set of guidelines 
that stated the purpose and the quali- 
fications of each prize. 

The Peace Prize. Nobel stated in 
his will, was to be awarded to one 
who "shall have done the most or the 
best work for fraternity between na- 
tions, for the abolition or reduction 
of standing armies and for the hold- 
ing of peace congresses." 

Eighty-nine Peace Prizes have 
been awarded to leaders of the 
world, who supposedly fit the bill 
that Nobel left behind. Through the 
years, the announcements of the 
Peace Prize recipients have caused 
disagreement throughout the world. 
This year is no different. 

President Barack Obama was 
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this 
year, for purposes that are not en- 
tirely understood. 

Was Obama truly qualified for 
the award that he received? The 

committee that awarded Obama this 
world-renowned prize stated that he 
was given the honor "for his extraor- 
dinary efforts to strengthen interna- 
tional diplomacy and cooperation 
between peoples." 

It is indisputable that Obama 
is working toward great things. It 
is common knowledge he is work- 
ing for change. He is working to 
give Americans hope. But it is pos- 
sible that the Nobel Prize committee 
awarded just a bit too quickly. 

In all reality, the nominations 
for the Prize must be submitted in 
February. This means that whatever 
the nominee had done to promote 
peace must have already have been 

Obama's inauguration occurred 
on Jan. 20, 2009, leaving him just 
one month as a public figurehead to 
make any motion toward peace. 

Until that point, the only thing 
we had to base his effectiveness was 
empty promises. He promised to 
take the troops out of Iraq - that has 
not been done, yet. He promised to 
change, he promised us hope. These 
things have remained unfulfilled 
in the 10 months since his inaugu- 
ration. There is no way that he had 
done anything Earth shattering to 
claim an award for peace in the first 
30 days of his presidency. 

True, the President has, in- 
deed, done some wonderful things 
since the nominations were due in 
February, but these things cannot 
be counted in consideration for his 

award. That would be like nominat- 
ing Meryl Streep for an award in a 
movie that had not been released be- 
cause one expected her to do well. 

Did Obama truly deserve the 
award, that early? There is no doubt 
that he will lead us to great things — 
that's the wonderful thing about the 
Presidency. It leads to great things. 
One can greatly mess up just as eas- 
ily as they can greatly fix things. The 
world is holding its breath to see 
which Obama chooses. 

As for the Nobel Peace Prize, 
giving a preemptive honor for the 
things that are yet to come is ridicu- 
lous. Jane Addams, the founder of 
the U.S. Settlement House move- 
ment, was nominated 91 times be- 
fore she became the first women to 
get the Nobel Peace Prize. She had 
already completed her good work 
before she was awarded the Peace 

It is safe to say that the commit- 
tee fell short this year. They neither 
followed the guidelines outlined by 
Nobel in his will, nor provided a 
great thing for a great person. 

Norwegian committeemen, an 
empty promise will remain emp- 
ty until it is fulfilled. Obama had 
not fulfilled his dream of hope nor 
change whenever you chose him for 
this award. 

I only feel sorry for those whose 
work have been completed that may 
now never be recognized while our 
President still has a long way to go 
and a lot of time left. 


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Sports Editor 
October 14, 2009 

Losing woes continue 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

NSU's Demon football team 
received its first shutout and 
fifth loss of the season. 
Saturday night at Turpin Stadi- 
um, the final score was 34-0 thanks 
to the nationally ranked University 
of Central Arkansas Bears. 

The Bears scored within the first 
three minutes of the contest on the 
second play of their first drive. 

Houston transfer Jackie Hinton 
ran a speed sweep right for a 48-yard 
touchdown scamper. 

That big play was enough to rat- 
tle the Demons as the coaches tried 
to keep the football team calm by re- 
iterating the words "stay relaxed" on 
the sidelines. 

The Demons committed four 
penalties in a span of eight minutes 
including an illegal substitution in- 

"We were very mentally and 
physically prepared," junior line- 
backer Colby Arceneaux said. "We 
need to put it together in all three 
phases of the game and we have to 
do better on defense." 

UCA added seven more points 
before the end of the first half, scor- 
ing on a five yard halfback pass by 
Brent Grimes to the quarterback 
Robbie Park. 

The Bears pushed the lead to 
20-0 before entering the fourth quar- 

Photo by Bethany Frank/The Current Sauce 

Wide reciever Jeremy Jefferson (1 ) sits on the sideline, disgusted after fumbling the ball in the, 34-0, loss to the University of Central Arkansas, Saturday at 
Turpin Field. This was the Demons fifth consecutive loss and first in the SLC. 

ter and put the game away with two 
touchdown passes in the final quar- 
ter. The first was a 46-yard bomb 
from Park to Dominique Croom 
only 2 minutes into the quarter. 

The second was a 58-yard con- 
nection between Park and Isaiah 
Jackson to put the Demons down an 
unreachable 34 points. 

"We were prepared to win," se- 
nior linebacker Isaiah Greenhouse 
said. "We couldn't have had better 
game plan on offense and defense." 

The Bears boasted big numbers 
on offense. UCA's offense totaled 
433 yards with 268 yards on the 
ground and 160 from the air. 

The Demons managed to accu- 
mulate 1 96 yards; 1 1 5 of those were 
rushing yards. 

Quentin Castille accounted for 
49 yards on 14 carries. 

Both quarterbacks, John Hund- 
ley and Tyler Wolfe, received snaps 
from under center, totaling 81 yards 
from the air. 

"That was a very good team that 
whipped our butts," first-year NSU 
coach Bradley Dale Peveto said. 
"They struck fast and didn't make 
any mistakes to help us get back into 
it. UCA handled us in all three phas- 

Next Saturday, the Demon 
Football team heads to Lake Charles 
to try rum the season around against 
SLC rival, McNeese State Univer- 

"I told the team (Saturday) 

night, we're in the same position we 
were going into the game," Peveto 
said. "We still can win the confer- 
ence championship. That's a tall or- 
der for any team in this conference, 
but our opportunities are still there. 

Last year, the Cowboys' win 
over the Demons ended their SLC 
championship hopes. 

"Our complete and total focus 
has to be on our biggest rival, and a 
great football program, the McNeese 
Cowboys," Peveto said. 

Volleyball in midst of six game skid 

Iriane McCray 

Sauce Reporter 

The Lady Demons' Volleyball 
team conference loss totals are 
bumped up to six after three 
consecutive loses to the Southeast- 
ern Louisiana University Lady Li- 
ons, Nicholls State University Lady 
Colonels and University of Central 
Arkansas Sugar Bears. 

The Lions soared to a five-set 
win over the Lady Demons. 

The first set was a rugged one 
for the girls, losing 19-25. 

This ever so familiar pattern 
haunted them well into the second 
set with a score of 17-25 in favor of 

the Lions. 

In a pivotal third set, the Lady 
Demons volleyball team played with 
tenacity, winning the set 25-24. 

The momentum surge kept the 
Lady Demons' hopes alive as they 
cruised to a 25-16 victory in the 
fourth set. 

All dreams would soon end in 
the final set of play. 

The Lady Lions ended the tie 
with a 15-10 win over the Lady De- 
mons, adding another disappointing 
loss to their record. 

Yelena Enwere led Northwest- 
ern State with 16 kills and junior 
middle blocker Laranda Spann fol- 
lowed with 14 kills. 

After the game, junior outside 
hitter Brittany Fruge described the 
Southeastern Lady Lions as "chal- 
lenging but beatable." 

Fruge added that a victory over 
the Lady Colonels would only hap- 
pen if the team came out strong and 
kept the same momentum for the en- 
tire match. 

Unfortunately, the repetition of 
defeat showed up once again against 
the Nicholls State University Lady 
Colonels in a four game set 

In the first set, NSU did not give 
up and finished with a score of 22- 

The second set was much easier 
for the Lady Demons as they soared 

and executed 25-22 win over the 
Lady Colonels. 

While the feeling of victory was 
nice, it did not last long. 

The Lady Colonels were consis- 
tent and finished the third and fourth 
sets with crushing scores of 25-19 
and 25-23. 

Enwere lead NSU for the game 
with 14 kills and freshman outside 
hitter Nicole Hajka followed with 1 1 

NSU finished the game with 
.146 hits for the match while Nich- 
olls excelled with .206 hits. 

Saturday, the Lady Demons 
faced the league's No. 1 team, UCA, 
with similar results. 

NSU was defeated in straight 
sets: 25-19, 25-20, 25-18. 

The loss was the Lady Demons 
13 th of the season. 

The team hit .088 from the floor 
with 20 attack errors. Megan Man- 
ning led the team with 14 digs. 

This puts NSU's volleyball 
team losing streak at six game. 

The 1-13 Lady Demons visits 
the University of Texas at Arlington 
Wednesday, hoping to snap the los- 
ing streak. 

"Right now, it's all about confi- 
dence," Head Coach Brittany Uffel- 
man said. "Confidence can go a long 
way and that was proven this past 
weekend with Nicholls." 


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Soccer ends 
losing streak 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

The Lady Demons have been 
on a four game losing streak, 
until the right foot of senior 
forward Chelsey Gibbs ended 
that with her seventh goal of the sea- 
son to defeat the University of Cen- 
tral Arkansas Sugar Bears, 1-0. 

"The good thing about that 
goal was that everything was in one 
touch," Head Coach Jimmy Mitchell 
said. "(Chelsey)Gibbs found Kayla 
(King) and Kayla found her right 
back in one touch. We played well. 
We kept our composure and if Gibbs 
gets enough chances, she's eventu- 
ally going to finish." 

The goal that Gibbs scored was 
her fiftenth point of the season. 
Gibbs also had eight shots with five 
of them being on goal. 

NSU as a team had the UCA 
goalie standing on her head. 

The Lady Demons had 22 shots, 
10 of which were on goal. 

As opposed to the three shots by 
the Sugar Bears. UCA only managed 
one shot on goal. 

"We had three point-blank op- 
portunities," Mitchell said. "When 
you go through a stretch where 
you're trying to finish, you try to 
everything perfectly instead of just 
playing. Our first two chances I 
thought should have been goals, but 
we just babied them in instead of 
burying it." 

This win against UCA was the 
first for the Lady Demons against 
Southland Conference foes. 

The two SLC games before the 
UCA game were not as prosperous. 

NSU opening conference game 
was against UTSA, and they lost 

The two goals were scored by 
Gibbs and Maddy Hall. 

In that game, the Lady Demons 
managed to have 1 7 shots with seven 
of them being on goal. 

The four given up were the most 
goals scored on the Lady Demons all 

NSU's second conference game 
against Texas State, would not go as 
planned, losing 1-0. 

The shutout was only the sec- 
ond time the Lady Demons have 
been shutout in a game. 

NSU still managed 10 shots 
with four of them being on goal. 

The Lady Demons look to get 
back to .500 in conference play, 
starting a two-game road trip visit- 
ing Lamar at 7 p.m. Friday and ven- 
turing to Lake Charles to battle Mc- 
Neese at 2 p.m. on Sunday. 

Lamar is 0-4 after Sunday's loss 
to Texas State, but the Cardinals' 
conference opponents' record is 

"Their records are deceiving," 
Mitchell said of both teams. "They 
have played potentially the three 
best teams in the conference. When 
you go on the road, everything is 

"We saw Lamar play earlier 
in the year and we were really im- 
pressed with them. They have played 
so many one-goal games and eventu- 
ally they'll get that turned around." 

NSU soccer schedule 

Oct. 16 @Lamar 

Oct. 18@McNeese St. 

Oct. 23 Nicholls St. 

Oct. 25 SELA 

Oct. 30 @SFA 

Nov. 1 @SHST 

Nov. 5 Start of SLC 


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Demons celebrate homecoming: 

1 25 years and counting 

Shelita Dalton 

Sauce Reporter 

Wars have come and gone, the 
world has made drastic changes and 
NSU has stood the test of time... for 
125 years to be exact. 

The university began over a 
century ago in 1884 as the Louisiana 
State Normal School for the prepara- 
tion of teachers. 

University status was obtained 
years later in 1970. 

Many things have changed 
since the school's commencement, 
including the rules and regulations 
students were subject to. 

According to the book "North- 
western at 125: Commemorative 
Edition 1884-2009," there were 
strict dress codes and disciplinary 
regulations during the early years. 

Eostance, school officials 
used rulers to make sure young 
women's dresses were long enough. 

Women were seldom allowed to 
be in the company of men, without a 

Other rules that were instituted 
were mandatory church attendance 
and the forbiddance of killing bugs 
on the bed. 

Instead students had to put them 
on the floor and squash them in order 
to prevent the mattresses from being 

Former NSU student and Pro- 
fessor of Educational Technology 
Dr. Ron McBride didn't attend dur- 
ing the initial years. 

However, he has several fond 
memories of his time at the Univer- 

He stated that during the 1960s 
NSU's biggest sports rival was Loui- 
siana Tech University. 

"The rivalry ended after they 
moved to division one, but I mean 
we literally hated each other not dis- 
liked," he said. 

"My philosophy for Louisiana 
Tech is whoever they play this week- 
end that's my favorite team." 

McBride stated that he had the 
opportunity to fly in the airplane 
where NSU dumped 10,000 Wreck 
Tech leaflets onto their [Louisiana 
Tech] campus. 

He also had a bumper sticker 
that read, "Better to have flunked out 
of Northwestern than to have gradu- 
ated from Louisiana Tech." 

"If you talk to anyone whose 
age 40 to 60 who was an NSU or 
Tech student during that time, they 
feel the same way [about the rival- 
ry]," he said 

President Dr. Randall J. Webb, 
who was an NSU student from 1961- 
1966, has noted other differences 
that have taken place over the years. 

"NSU now has a broader array 

Photo by Shelita Dalton/The Current Sauce 

of degree programs, a larger enroll- 
ment, more diverse student body, 
faculty and staff and facilities have 

changed," he said. 

"Tuition and fees are higher, the 
budget is larger, which is true around 

the country because the expectation 
of education has increased." 

This increase in tuition is 
echoed in Northwestern at 125. 

The book states that tuition was 
free for the first class of students. 

A decade later tuition remained 
free, but books were $20 and hous- 
ing had increased to $ 100. 

Along with the many changes, 
NSU has also made many achieve- 
ments and other expansions through- 
out its history. 

"We have been in one location 
longer than any other public post 
secondary institution in the state and 
we are also the oldest institution in 
the University of Louisiana Sys- 
tem," said Webb. 

"We have expanded our cam- 
pus from Natchitoches to places like 
Fort Polk and Shreveport." 

He also noted the implemen- 
tation of the Louisiana Scholars 
College in 1987 and the distance 
learning program, E-NSU, in recent 

Webb added that NSU also has 
the fourth largest nursing program in 
the United States. 

Additionally, there have been 
several famous guests who have 
passed through NSU over the years. 

For example, Oprah Winfrey 
rode in the 2002 Homecoming pa- 
rade and in 1989 Dolly Parton, Bob- 

by Harling, and Daryl Hannah held 
a press conference on NSU's cam- 
pus for the movie Steel Magnolias. 

McBride says he admires 
NSU both as a current professor 
and a former student. 

"The happiest days of my life 
were being an undergraduate in 
school and forming relationships," 
he said. 

"I still have friends that I stay 
connected to even though hardly 
any of them are around here [in 

"The University is very spe- 
cial to me and it's not only because 
I did my undergraduate work here 
but there's just something about 
the place," he added. 

To help commemorate NSUs 
anniversary the administration is 
encouraging each college to cel- 
ebrate in their own unique way. 

Homecoming will also include 
special presentations such as a re- 
union of the members of the Long 
Purple Line. 

In addition to NSUs 125* 
year, there are other anniversaries 
to note. 

According to Webb the nurs- 
ing program just celebrated 60 
years and the military science pro- 
gram will turn 60 in 2010. 

He added that the football pro- 
gram turned 100 back in 2008. 


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Andrew B or del on 

Staff Reporter 

The sounds of Latin America 
filled the air of the Friedman Student 
Union last week in an enjoyable yet 
educational manner. 

The NSU Folklife Center is 
coming along with its Folklife 
Concert Series as it had its second 
performance of the semester last 
Wednesday, Oct. 14, the Hispanic 
Soul Quartet. 

The performers of the quartet 
were three international students: 
Jenny Ramos, Mario Torres and Fer- 
nando Barrow. 

These students have had experi- 
ence in the music of the culture and 
some have even live it. 

"I really like to be part of these 
kinds of events that are about His- 
panic music because I feel that I rep- 
resent that beautiful culture," Hos- 
pitality, Management and Tourism 
major Jenny Ramos said. 

Another performer, Music Per- 
formance major and Liberal Arts 
major in the Louisiana Scholars Col- 
lege Fernando Barrow, has been per- 
forming for the past six years. 

He as also been performing His- 
panic music during this time and said 
that he does so to share his Hispanic 
culture, since he is from Honduras. 

"Music is an international lan- 
guage, and it is possible to share 
feelings and emotions from our 
Latin background without the use of 
words." Barrow said. 

Ramos is originally from Hon- 
duras and has been playing the violin 
since 2000. 

She said that by attending such 
concerts students could learn more 
about the music and melodies of the 
Hispanic culture. 

The students played and sang 
the songs of many famous Hispanic 
performers, such as Astor Pazzolla 
of Argentina, Luis Miguel of Puer- 
to Rico, Violeta Parra of Chile and 
Mercedes Sosa, also known as the 
"voice of the voiceless ones." 

Sosa was able to sing and bring 
out into light the songs of both Bra- 
zilians and Cubans. 

There was also a PowerPoint 
presentation accompanying the per- 
formers that contained pictures of 
some of the Hispanic artists and the 
English translation to some songs. 

This concert was the second of 
the semester, and there are two more 
to come this fall. 

The Hardrick Rivers and the 

Rivers Revue is taking place on 
Wednesday, Oct. 21, and the Donna 
Pierite Family and the Tunica Biloxi 
Singers will be on Nov. 4. 

The two remaining concerts for 
the fall semester will also be in the 
Student Union Ballroom. So far, the 
Foiklife Center has planned for three 
more concerts to take place in the 
upcoming spring semester. 

These concerts are a sign of 
improvement for the Folklife Cen- 
ter after it's concert plans were shot 
down during the spring 2009 sched- 

Only one concert took place 
while the remaining two that were 
planned were scratched due to bud- 
get cuts. 

The Director of the Louisiana 
Folklife Center at NSU, Dr. Shane 
Rasmussen has worked towards get- 
ting the performances more support 
by the University and the student 

"The purpose of the NSU 
Folklife Concert Series is to increase 
student awareness of how culturally 
diverse the student body is and the 
exciting cultural contributions our 
students have to offer each other and 
the community," Rasmussen said. 

Although the series has been put 
on by the Folklife Center on campus, 
Diane Jones, Director of the Office 
of Cultural Diversity, has provided 
additional sponsorship to support the 
diverse performances that have and 
are to be put on. 

This alternative contribution 
has proved vital to promoting these 
concerts after the Folklife Cen- 
ter's struggle with promoting them 
through the university's budget cuts 
in the previous semester. 

Submitted Photo 

Members of the folklife organiza- 
tion take pride in their heritage 


Freshmen, Criminal Justice Ma- 
jor, Devan Horton says... 
"I am super excited about home- 
coming. I will be going to the 
game. I just can't wait to go." 

Freshmen, Biology Major, 
Robin Jones says... 
"This is my freshmen year so I 
am not sure what to expect yet. 
Homecoming week has been fun 
so far. I really liked riding the 

Junior, Journalism Major, 
Jocelyn Kyle says... 
"Yes I will be going to the game. 
In fact I will be tailgating. A lot 
of alumni are coming in because 
of it being NSU's 125th anniver- 
sary and homecoming." 

Junior, Social Work, Major Don- 
ald Mote says... 
"I am always excited about 
homecoming. We're (TKE) 
participating in all of the events. 
Homecoming makes memories." 
"I love it." 


Junior, Journalism Major, 
Jeffrey Sholar 
"I am definitely going to the 
game. I am just excited about 
homecoming in general. All the 
people one the Student Activities 
Board have been doing a great 


fori Ladd 
Life Editor 

daddOO 1 @student. 
October 21, 2009 


Photo by Mary Jordan/ The Current Sauce 

Students (above-left, above-center) participate in mechanical bull-rid- 
ing, one of the activities provided during this year's Homecoming. 

'17 floats' are 
floating for 

Sarach Person 
and Tori Ladd 

Staff Reporter and Life Editor 

Organizations on campus will 
show their school spirit in the a pa- 
rade by designing floats. 

The parade is this Saturday. Oct. 
24 at 3:30 p.m. Float line up starts at 
2 p.m. on Caldwell Drive. 

The parade route starts on cam 
at the Nontraditional Student Hous- 
ing, then proceed North on Jefferson 
St, a left on Lafayette Street and a 
left on 2nd Street. 

Then the participants will pause 
in front of judges table located in 
front of the Natchitoches Event Cen- 
ter, then go south and re-enter cam- 
pus at the 2nd Street entrance. 

Make a left at Sam Sibley 
Drive and then turn left at S. Jeffer- 
son, back to Nontraditional Student 

All Registered Student Orga- 
nizations along with Greek lettered 
organizations were invited to partici- 

As of now there are a total of 17 
floats and the participants have been 
very secretive about their projects. 

When asked to take photos of 
them working on their floats, many 
replied by saying "wait until the 
Homecoming Parade, it's a secret." 

There will be a $500 prize for 
the best Greek Float and a $500 for 
the best RSO float that will be given 
by the alumni center 

According to NSU Student Ac- 
tivities Board, the rules are as fol- 
low: organizations have the options 
of either a truck or a trailer, and 
gooseneck trailers are satisfactory. 

All floats must follow the 
Homecoming Theme. 

The parade will be followed by 
a Demon pep rally. 

Kate Miller 

Annual saxophone 
festival features 
UNM and LSU 


Casey Ryenolds 

Sauce Reporter 

The School of Creative and 
Performing Arts (CAPA) is holding 
the Second Annual NSU Saxophone 
Festival on Thursday, Oct. 22 in 
Magale Recital Hall. 

Guest clinicians are assistant 
professor of saxophone, Eric Lau 
from University of New Mexico 
and professor of saxophone, Griffin 
Campbell from LSU. 

All performances are open to 
the public and the event is being 
sponsored by The Band House in 
Shreyeport, Yamaha and CAPA. 

Performances will include a 
master class at 4pm and full recital 
at 7:30pm. 

Six saxophone soloists and the 
NSU saxophone quartet will per- 
form at 4pm. 

Each soloist and the quartet will 
perform forjudges and guests. Each 
judge will critique three soloists. 

Assistant professor of saxo- 
phone, Dr. Paul Forsyth said, "It's 
like a 1 5 minute private lesson." 

The six students were chosen 
based on their interest and readiness 
to perform. 

The students have been prepar- 
ing this music for competition or re- 
cital purposes. 

Soloists for the festival in- 
clude sophomores, Daniel Jergins 
and James Carpenter; junior, Eric 
McJimsey; graduate student, Larry 
Chastaine; and high school senior. 
Daisy Wallace. 

Wallace is from Gladewater 
High School and has been to NSU 
summer camps. 

She will also be auditioning for 
the NSU band the same day. 

The quartet members are Lin- 
da Aguilar, Larry Chastain, Josh 
Meshell and Eric McJimsey. 

Lau and Campbell will be per- 
forming at the 7:30 recital. 

It will be a recital of saxophone 
and percussion pieces lasting about 
an hour. 

They will perform with the 
percussion professors from their 

"Nothing like this has been per- 
formed since I have been here," said 

During the festival the percus- 
sion professors will spend time with 
the NSU percussion. 

Campbell and LSU percussion 
clinician. Brett Dietz. will perform 
Seven Ghosts above the Landscape 
composed by Dietz and Song Book, 
"Song for Alison" composed by Da- 
vid Maslanka. 

Lau and UNM percussion cli- 
nician, Robert Ney, will perform 
Divertimento, composed by Akira 
Yuyama and Release, composed by 
John Fitz Rogers. 

Lau received a bachelor's de- 
gree from LSU and a master's and 
doctorate from Michigan State Uni- 

He has won the Michigan State 
University Honors Concerto Com- 

petition and has been a prize winner 
in the North American Saxophone 
Alliance Classical Performers Com- 

Campbell has performed 
throughout the United States and in 
Slovenia, China, Italy, Great Britain 
and Japan. 

He has given performance at 
places like meetings of World Saxo- 
phone Congress, North American 
Saxophone Alliance, the Society 
of Composers, Inc. and many more 


Freshmen, Biology Major .Cal- 
vanita Boyd says... 
"Yeah I'm excited and will be go- 
ing to the game. I'll be decked out 
(in school colors)." 

Freshmen, Nursing Major, Seth 
Cotsopoulos says..."I am excited 
because this is my first football 
season (at NSU). I'll lose my voice 

by half time. And if I don't do 
ROTC I'm painting my body for the 

Junior, Business Major, Megan Cul- 
len says... "I am really excited about 
homecoming. It is my favorite week 
at college. I love all of the events, 

and Genny Broggi has done an 
amazing job and worked so hard. I 
am glad so many alumni are com- 
ing into town this year because of 
NSU's 125th anniversary. I also 
love that it is a night game this year 
and that the parade is starting at 
NSU and finishing at NSU." 

Sophomore, Mathematics Major 

,Jerett Crumbly says... 
"Homecoming is my most favorite 

time of the year, even though I have 
to work most of it. I will definitely 
be participating in what I can with 

my fraternity. I hope that those who 

do participate will do all they can." 

Junior, Nursing Major, Diane Dan- 
iels says... 

"I am so excited and have been so 
busy because this is homecoming 
week. I am helping my sorority with 
our float and in the lip sync contest. 
I am excited to see all of the alumni 
coming back (for homecoming).' 

Senior, FASC Major, Amy Fox 
"I am in charge of the float for my 
sorority and participating in events, 

so I am very excited about the 
whole week. I will be at the game 
and I really hope the Demons win." 

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Sports Editor 
October 21, 2009 

Bs'in with the Bull: Dynomite 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

I irst, I 
would like 
to say to 
everyone "hel- 
lo!" It has been 
a while and I'm 
glad to be back. 
Second, I would 
also like to introduce Mr. Jimmie 
Walker, the man to my right. This is 
his first shot at writing a column so 
go easy on him this first time. 

What we are planning on do- 
ing in this double-wide column is 
explaining the things that we think 
the Demons are good at, need to do 
or look out for come this Saturday. 
Jimmie will take the offensive of the 
ball and I have graciously taken the 
defensive side of the ball. 

To begin I have, as much as I 
don't want to say I have, felt that a 
great defense wins championships. 
In any sport this holds true, especial- 
ly in football. Look at the Ravens of 
2000. They won a Super Bowl with- 
out having scored a touchdown in 

something like six of their 16 games 
that regular season. 

Anyway, back on point. The 
Demons don't have a bad defense. 
Actually, if you looked at it at the 
beginning of the season it was a 
good defense. The secondary was 
a veteran group of ball hawks. The 
linebackers were good solid tacklers 
and could blitz and drop back and 
into coverage. 

The defensive line was great. 
We had big, strong, fast guys, who 
could get to the quarterback. What 
more could you ask for? 

Well, as the season progresses 
the defense is left on the field lon- 
ger and longer. It's very hard for a 
defense to maintain a high-energy 
game when the offense is constantly 
having three and outs or turnovers. 

If you will notice, in all of the 
Demon's games this year the game 
was close in the first half, and then 
somewhere about the mid-way point 
of the third quarter the other team 
just pulls away. 

Why, you ask? It's because 
they have run out of gas. They have 
no more left in the tank, thus turn- 

ing into a defense that gives up 51 

As much as I would like to say 
that there is a cure for this, there un- 
fortunately is not. The only way that 
our defense is going to get better is 
if the offense gets better. And for me 
that just seems like a long shot, but 
I'm not talking about the offense, 
that's Jimmie 's job this week. 

So some things we need to look 
for this week against Texas State. 
Well, for starters we need to put 
lots of pressure on the quarterback. 
Make sure he doesn't have time to 
throw the ball. Secondly, we will 
need to tackle well. Let's not have 
those three-yard plays rum into 33- 
yard plays. 

Thirdly, it wouldn't hurt for the 
defense to score some turnover or, 
and I'm going to be stretching here 
but, score some points of its own. I 
mean it couldn't hurt. They just need 
some precious oxygen to be the de- 
fense that does everything right. 

So, remember when you see the 
final score of an NSU game this sea- 
son a bit lop-sided, don't be so quick 
to blame the defense. 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 


here are 
five col- 
ors on 
the new- 

Turpin Field. 
Green. light 
green, purple. 
& orange and 
white. Sat- 
urday's game against Texas State 
University will add one more color; 

It's no secret that mental errors 
plagued the Demons in their first six 
games of the season. 

It will be no different this Sat- 
urday as the Demon football team 
play host to Texas State University 
for NSU's homecoming game. 

In a nutshell, making the cor- 
rect adjustments and how well the 
Demons take what the defense gives 
them will determine the outcome of 
the game. 

Texas State's defense is very 
generous, allowing 36 points per 


Establishing the ground game 
will be a rule of thumb for the of- 

It takes pressure off of whoever 
may get the call to be the starting 
snap taker for the game, so expect 
the Demons to hit the ground run- 

This is easier said than done. On 
offense, anytime the Demons show 
that they are actually athletes, they 
stick their foot in their mouth by 
making mental blunders. 

William Griffin should receive 
the bulk of the carries, as he is the 
current leader with 334 yards on 79 
carries and is proven to be a hard 
runner. Quentin Castille will com- 
pliment the ground and pound game 
but there is something about a 6-1 
235 lb running back that screams, 
"We are going to run the ball!" 

While a sensational rushing at- 
tack is pivotal for success for the 
Demons, TSU's defense isn't going 
to lie there. 

The Bobcats, like every other 
team thus far, will load the box and 
try to force NSU to rely on their 

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quarterback to win the game. 

When teams usually do this, the 
bail out play is more times than not, 
an unsuccessful dump off to the half- 

It's unsuccessful because the 
three-step drop pass play is extended 
to nine or 10 because of indecisive- 
ness at the quarterback position. 

This was the case then Gram- 
bling's defensive end. Christian An- 
thony, intercepted the demons twice 
on consecutive drives. 

Other passing plays can soften 
up the stiff run defense. 

The drag route that Darius 
Duffy runs every blue moon works 
nearly every time. 

Even when this play isn't called, 
picking a play that has his number is 

Linebacker can't go stride for 
stride with him when he's in the slot 
and he has a knack for finding the 
sweet spot in zone defenses. 

The Demon football team has 
had their share of bad luck this sea- 
son but if they play 60 minutes of 
smart football, they will earn their 
first win this season. 

David Royal Bethany Frank 







The Tradition Continues 

Hunter Bower 

Sauce Reporter 

Northwestern State University 
will continue tradition Satur- 
day night at the Texas State 


The Demon football team will 
play Texas State for the 26 th time 
since 1983, Homecoming will take 
place during halftime. and Demon 
fans from past to present will come 
together to celebrate the 125 ,h anni- 
versary of Northwestern State Uni- 

The homecoming game has 
been long awaited for many alumni 
and current students. 

It is a chance for old friends to 
come together once again and relive 
old memories of when they were in 
college and also for them to share 
their memories with the current stu- 
dents as well. 

Northwestern State has a mul- 
titude of traditions including the 
annual Lady of the Bracelet beauty 
contest, the Legend of Isabella still 
lives on as she has been seen in the 
Old Women's Gym beside Varnado 

All of these traditions have 
meant something to Northwestern 
since its inception in 1884. 

Not many of these traditions 

have been able to match one tradi- 
tion here on campus, and that is the 
spirit of Northwestern State Foot- 

Since 1907, the Northwestern 
State Demons have taken part in in- 
tercollegiate football and have stood 
the test of many opponents in the 
long history of football action. 

The Demons have played in 920 
games and currently contain a record 
of 493-405-22 with a .527 winning 

The Demons have also won the 
Southland Conference championship 
four times 1988,1997,1998,2004) 
and have reached the NCAA FCS 
playoffs six times (1988,1997,1998 

One of the most successful 
teams in history was perhaps the 
1998 Southland Conference champi- 
onship team who went 11-3 overall 
and 6- 1 in conference play. 

The team made it to the semi- 
finals of the playoffs with wins over 
Illinois St. and Appalachian St. in 
the first two rounds. 

Northwestern St. faced off 
against Massachusetts in the semi- 
final round but bowed out in a 4 1 -3 1 
defeat in the end. 

The Demons also hold 6 NCAA 
FCS records including the longest 
pass play, most interceptions in a 

game and best punt return average in 
a season. 

The team also holds a 20-10 
record in homecoming games since 

All of these records have de- 
fined the Demon football team and 
Northwestern as a top competitor in 
the Southland Conference and even 
in the FCS. 

None, however, can define the 
spirit and tradition of Northwestern. 

The Demons have done way 
more than win football games and 
championships in its 102 year his- 

They have shown the whole na- 
tion that even after their careers have 
ended at Northwestern, they have a 
bright and productive future in the 

Northwestern has produced 
many athletes who have moved on to 
other careers and just as they did in 
college they have gone out and gave 
whatever they did 1 10 percent. 

When the Demons take the field 
Saturday night at Turpin Stadium, 
they will take part in one of the most 
storied traditions in all of Louisiana 
college football. 

Fans will witness history as the 
school celebrates its 125 th anniversa- 
ry and most of all everyone will feel 
the spirit of Northwestern. 


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Cowboys corral 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

Cowboys ride Demons out of 
town, by the final score of 

It's as if the Demon football 
team had been placed in the latest 
"Saw" movie. Advancing them- 
selves to the next room, only to be 
caught by another one of Jigsaw's 
ingenious devices, leaving the team 
with the slightest idea of when they 
will finally win the game. 

Jigsaw's latest booby trap for 
the Demon football team was SLC 
rival McNeese State University. 

Saturday, the Demons defeat of 
51-23 granted the team with their 
sixth loss of the season thanks to 13* 
ranked MSU Cowboys. 

It didn't take long for the Cow- 
boys to get on the scoreboard. MSU 
scored on their third play from 
scrimmage with just 1:12 into the 
game. Freshman MSU running back 
Champlai Babin ran right of the for- 
mation for a 30-yard touchdown. 

It was the second week in a row 
that the Demons' defense gave up a 
touchdown on the opening drive. 

On the ensuing Cowboy drive, 
Babin's number was called again. 
This time, he topped off a seven-play 
80-yard drive with a 10-yard run for 
his second score of the game. 

Midway through the second 
quarter, the Demons mounted a 
goalline stand that would give them 
a great opportunity to put a dent into 
the 16-3 lead but any thoughts of a 
comeback would soon change. 

The Cowboys scored twice in 
the final minutes before halftime. 
The first touchdown was a 19-yard 

Conference still a tough road to hoe 

Photo by Bethany Frank 
Paul Harris (13) scoring a rushing touchdown in the 51-23 lost to McNeese State. 

run by Javaris Murray. The second 
was a 45-yard bomb by quarterback 
Derri Fouroux to push the score to 

MSU accumulated over 339 to- 
tal yards by halftime compared to 
NSU's 79. 

"We're just not executing," 
NSU quarterback John Hundley 
said. " We make a good play then we 
go back and shoot ourselves in the 

The Demons put forth some ef- 
fort scoring on consecutive drives in 
the third quarter. NSU quarterback 
John Hundley scrambled 11 yards 
for the Demons' first touchdown of 
the game. Hundley was key the next 
Demon drive. He scrambled until ho 
found true freshman Bradley Brown 
in the end zone. 

This would have been nice but 
McNeese returned the favor by 
scoring a pair touchdowns of their 

For Hundley, the game was dis- 
appointing. McNeese has a great tra- 
dition but losing is extremely upset- 

49 seconds into the fourth quar- 
ter, MSU scored their final points of 
the game. A fumble return by Des- 
mond Lighten gave the Cowboys 
the most points scored in a single 
game, dating back to the first game 
in 1951. 

"We had a good game plan and 
we practiced hard during the week," 
senior defensive back Kasey Brown 
said. "If they're better than us then 
it's not what the score reflected." 

This Saturday, the Demons play 
host to Texas State University for 
NSU's Homecoming game. 

"We have to bounce back," se- 
nior wide receiver Jasper Edwards 
said. " We dug ourselves in a hole in 
the beginning of the season and now 
1 think we are just trying to find that 
first win." 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

Lady Demons continue to strug- 
gle in conference play 
The Lady Demons soccer team 
dropped to 8-8 on the season 
and 1 -4 in the Southland Conference 
after two consecutive loses to the 
Lamar University Cardinals and the 
McNeese State University Cowgirls. 

Lamar's 1-0 win over the Lady 
Demons gave the team their first 
shutout on the road. 

It was the second time the Lady 
Demons was shutout this season. 

The winning goal came in the 
51^ minute of the match. Lisa Hance 
found Kari Davila from 15 yards out 
for the score. 

The Cardinals were able to 
threaten the Lady Demons eight 
times while the NSU only managed 
to get in striking distance twice. 

Senior midfielder Missy Oakley 
attempted both scoring opportuni- 
ties for the Lady Demons while four 
other players attempted two shots to 

total the Lady Demons' 1 1 shots for 
the match. 

Senior goalkeeper Lindy Stra- 
han added seven more saves to her 
collection, giving her 62 for the sea- 

The Lady Demons was shutout 
for the third time this season Sunday 
thanks to the MSU Cowgirls. 

In the second half, McNeese 
took advantage of a controversial 
no-call and won the match 2-0. 

A foul by the Lady Demons 
gave the Cowgirls a free kick. Dur- 
ing the free kick, the McNeese play- 
er tipped the ball then kicked it into 
play, which led to a score by Audrey 
LaLanne to give McNeese a 1-0 

A player cannot touch the ball 
consecutively and a free kick should 
have been rewarded to the Lady De- 
mons to negate any scoring opportu- 
nities for MSU. 

Lady Demons soccer head 
coach Jimmy Mitchell argued the 
no-call and received a red card; 
ejecting him from the game. 

MSU's second goal came in the 
30 minutes into the match. Brittany 
Sanders headed a corner kick for the 

The Cowgirls didn't dominate 
the Lady Demons. NSU had plenty 
of scoring chances but couldn't cash 
in the their opportunities. 

Within the first six minutes of 
the match, Lady Demons forward 
Megan Hunter's shot was saved 
by MSU goalie Cassandra Read. 

Chelsea Gibbs' shot 30 minutes 
in bounced off the crossbar and a 
two-on-ome breakaway opportunity 
was negated because of an offsides 

NSU had just two shots on goal 
compared to the six McNeese had 

The Cowgirls also had four 
more corner kicks than the Lady De- 

The Lady Demons host Nicholls 
Friday. It is he first of the team's fi- 
nal two home game. 

The regular season home finale 
will be Sunday as the Lady Demons 
face Southeastern University. 

Lady Demons reign triumphant 

Amanda Duncil 
Staff Reporter 

In the most recent tournament, 
the Lady Demon Tennis team 
dominated the court at the War- 
hawk Invitational in Monroe. 
The Lady Demons won the only 
two singles that were completed due 
to inclement weather. 

The reason for the success, Pat- 
ric DuBois, head coach of the Lady 
Demon Tennis team, thinks it is be- 
cause nine talented players are com- 
peting for the six spots available on 
the team. 

"When you have good compe- 

tition, it brings out the best in ev- 
erybody and I think everybody is 
playing at a higher level right now," 
DuBois said. 

We need to continue to play at 
this level for the rest of the year. 
DuBois said the success of the team 
comes from the team practicing as 
hard as ever. 

The Lady Demons will only get 
better, he said. The members who 
were previously on the team have 
gotten stronger since last year, and 
the team as a whole is playing better. 

Through the season, DuBois 
expects the team to continue to im- 
prove and hopes they see good re- 


During the fall, the focus is on 
individual performance. This deter- 
mines the line up for the spring sea 
son, which is team versus team dual 

"I think the Southland Confer- 
ence this year in women's tennis this 
year is pretty strong." DuBois said. 
"It's actually as strong as I've ever 
seen it." 

Halloween weekend, the Lady 
Demons will participate in the 
Southern Mississippi Invitational. 
In November, the Lady Demons will 
face off against University of Texas 

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Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 

So often fans get wrapped up in 
the heat of the game, the thrill 
of a touchdown and the intoxi- 
cation of a good cheer. 
It becomes this momentum 
and before anyone realizes it, they 
have become part of the game. They 
join the players in screaming at the 
ref during a bad call. They join the 
coaches in screaming at the players 
for missing a good catch. 

But the best part about being 
a fan is the luxury of being able to 
leave at halftime when things get 
bad. After all. you were just there to 
see the band, right? 

Regardless of the game, Sunday 
mornings the coaches join at the field 
house and prepare to do it again in a 

The team then piles into the 
Ready Room every Monday and 
waits for that week's assignments 
with the weight of a little medal link 
around each player's neck. That link 
might be a silly piece of medal to the 
fans, but to the team it holds a deeper 

"The link represents the bond 
between teammates that already 
exists but is usually not spoken," 
Center Marcus Washington said. "It 
stands as a reminder for each player 
that he is part of the team and that his 
actions affect everyone else." 

Kasey Brown, cornerback, 
elaborated more on the link saying, 
"The link means that we are a bond 
and a team working toward one com- 

mon goal, and that is to win. It let's 
my teammates know that whatever 
happens I have his back, and he has 

The link became a center point 
for the team and even found a place 
in the weekly schedule. Each day of 
the w eek has a link, each with a little 
more paint on it than the first. 

"It represents the work we do 
each day," Head Coach Bradley Dale 
Peveto said. "Their sweat, blood and 
tears are in that link as they take the 
field to play for victory." 

Mondays the gray link stands as 
a reminder that they start fresh and 
have a whole week ahead of prac- 
tice. Peveto continued. 

"You have this anxiety [on 
Mondays]," he said. "But the link 
ain't got no paint on it." 

But by Saturday, the link is 
completely gold, and the Ready 
Room has a completely different 
aura about it. 

"The link is a reminder not to 
be the weakest link," Yaser Elqutub. 
linebacker, said. ""It reminds you 
who you are and to put your team 

It on Saturday I received the 
pleasure of following the team 

My journey began at 9 a.m. 
while we "broke bread" and ate 
breakfast. I sat with the coaches and 
was blown away at the conversation. 

"I don't usually like cereal that 
floats, but there is something about 
Apple Jacks..." one coach said. 

"No, if there aren't any marsh- 
mallows than I don't like it," another 


We met back up at the Ready 
Room for team chapel after break- 
fast. And then I witnessed one of the 
weirdest phenomenons ever. The 
team literally played an entire game 
without putting on any padding. 

The whole experience might 
as well have been Greek, but it was 
nonetheless fascinating. It began 
with one coach going through vid- 
eos of the opposing team, pointing 
out their weaknesses and then ex- 
plaining how we could exploit them 
to say the least. 

Afterward, the room was divid- 
ed in half: offense on side, defense 
on the other. Then each side w ent 
into further detail on how the plays 
they practiced all week could be put 
in action. 

We then went outside and 
walked through plays and reinforced 
everything the coaches had just ex- 

For so many men on the team, 
football is more than game. It is a 
family tradition. 

Elqutub is a first generation 
American who joined the family 
game after his cousin went to try- 
out for "football" only to discover it 
wasn't the traditional "football" he 
was used to. 

Chad Bell, wide receiver, also 
joined the family game when he was 
a young boy. 

"I got started playing football 
by hanging out with my step-brother 
and his friend," Bell said. "The were 
older and bigger than me, and I al- 
ways wanted to play with them, so 

they used to make me all-time quar- 
terback because I was too small to 
play rough with them. I used to tell 
them I can be tough and take a hit 
from anybody." 

And it was that same family feel 
that brought Bell to Northwestern 

"When I came on my official 
visit, they treated me like family," 
he said. "It was like they have grown 
w ith me." 

It was that same family I saw 
at lunch when we reconvened after 
a small break to "break bread." Pe- 
veto explained how important nutri- 
tion and rest were to the game and 
the players and he described why 
the team joined together to "break 
bread." as he put it, before the game. 

But for lunch, the boys "cleaned 
up" and were dressed in Sunday's 
best. Hands down, that was my fa- 
vorite part. 

"We are going to play like we 
dress," Peveto said. "You play how 
you look, and you play how you 

But preparing for a game is not 
a one-day ordeal. Linebacker Isaiah 
Greenhouse said. 

"Well it's like this, mentally 
I prepare all week," he said. "But 
physically I prepare all year." 

Some fans argue that per- 
haps the team hasn't prepared well 
enough for this season, but Green- 
house begged to disagree. 

"What everybody has to under- 
stand is that it takes time," Green- 
house said. "As soon as we put it all 
together, no one will be able to stop 

Northwestern State Football, mark 
my words." 

It was this same spirit I saw 
during Peveto 's game speech after 
lunch. He explained how a reporter 
had called him that week and asked 
him if he would rather be back at 
LSU winning games instead of be- 
ing at NSU. 

To which he responded to me 
later, "This is my team. I love the 
coaches, I love the players, I love 
the institution. The most important 
game to me is here at NSU. There 
is no other place I'd rather be. I love 
Northwestern State. I love our kids. 
I love being back. I love what we're 

"It is a slower start than what I 
wanted," he continued. "But good 
things are going to come. Your cir- 
cumstances don't make you. They 
only determine what you do next. 
We stick to our process. We do right 
things and stick to our plan." 

It was that passion that led the 
team around the tailgating area and 
back into the locker room as the men 
removed their suits and padded up 
for the game ahead. 

The homecoming game isn't 
much different for the players as 
any other game, team members re- 

"I don't think you approach 
homecoming any different because 
every ga"me you prepare to win," 
Brown said. "So I don't think it's 
any different no matter what our re- 
cord is." 

There was an understood silence 
in the field house when the Demons 

returned from the tailgate area. 

The team began stretching and 
each player put himself in his own 
personal zone and began his own 
personal pregame ritual. 

Some stayed glued to their ear- 
phones and visualized plays, others 
found a corner and kept to them- 
selves, some laid out their uniforms, 
a few shared encouraging words, 
and others entertained in a pregame 
ritual snack. 

But regardless of the ritual, 
there was one thing that joined each 
player together — the link. Before 
each game, each player touches the 
link on his way out the door. 

"We touch the link because 
we're all in. We touch the link be- 
cause it means yes we can. We touch 
the link because we believe." Bell 

"Those three phrases mean a lot 
to us. It means we can't stop believ- 
ing no matter happens. Things may- 
be though, but things will change. 
Things don't happen over night." 

It is with those that's that the 
team excited the field house and 
passed through the purple tunnel and 
emerged from the purple smoke and 
prepared to play on the field they 
spent the week practicing on. 

Because running through the 
purple smoke means it is officially 
game time, Bell said. 

"Running through the tunnel 
is a feeling like no other because 
you're excited, nervous and anxious 
all at the same time," Brown said. 

"It's the fear of the unknown 
that makes it so interesting." 

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SGA polls enhancement possibilities for Friedman 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

A group of students hangout in Friedman Student Union between their classes on Tuesday. The SGA is looking into making improvements to the facility. 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The Student Government Asso- 
ciation is conducting a series of 
polls throughout the semester 
to figure out how the student body 
feels about issues concerning the 
way money should be spent and 
school spirit. 

The SGA has configured three 
polls: one relating to student fees for 
Friedman Student Union, one relat- 
ing to how the Student Trust Fund 

committee should spend its money 
and one relating to whether or not 
NSU has enough student traditions. 

Senators have already collected 
information for the first poll and the 
information for the other two polls 
will be collected by the Nov. 6. 

The organization had 510 stu- 
dents respond to the first poll con- 
cerning whether or not an additional 
fee should be created to make chang- 
es to the student union. 

Of the 510 polled, 342 felt a 
small student fee should be assessed 
to make improvements to the student 

union, 138 felt a large fee should be 
created to build a completely new 
student union and 30 felt no fee 
should be charge. 

"The Senate's ready to jump in 
feet first now that we know what the 
students want," SGA President Kay- 
la Wingfield said. 

Wingfield explained that the 
smaller fee would be around $75 
a semester and it would go toward 
"freshening up the union." 

She explained the $75 would 
pay for fixing the student union's 
ceiling, painting and replacing wall 

panels and renovating the down- 
stairs area known as "The Alley." 

Wingfield said a possible idea 
for The Alley, which used to be 
home to the Baptist Collegiate Min- 
istry before the organization built 
its own building, would be to turn it 
into a sports bar. 

She said if the SGA was to look 
into options for building a new stu- 
dent union, the fee associated with it 
would be about an additional $250 a 

Wingfield added, however, that 
with both circumstances, the fees 

would have a maximum cap and 
would only be charged for about 
four years. 

Students have varying opinions 
concerning the new fee, however. 

Freshman journalism major Co- 
rey Ford said she thinks no addition- 
al fees should be charged in the fu- 
ture to make changes to the student 

Ford said the SGA should be 
creative and utilize the money in its 
budget to make changes, not take 
more money from students. 

Hannah Marze, a freshman biol- 
ogy major, said she would be willing 
to pay a fee to enhance the student 
union, but thinks the SGA is asking 
for too much. She suggested making 
the fee only $15 a semester. 

Students like Nathan Williams 
said they like the idea of making The 
Alley a sports bar. 

Williams, a junior criminal 
justice major, said the improve- 
ments that need to be done to the 
student union are not drastic enough 
to create a new fee, but added that 
he would pay $75 simply to have a 
sports bar created on campus. 

Shayne Creppel, however, said 
funding for the student union is bad- 
ly needed. 

"The union is the center of stu- 
dent life at a campus," said Creppel, 
a senior hospitality management and 
tourism major. "Our [student union] 
is severely outdated and offers few 
activities for our students." 

Creppel, who is a former SGA 
president, said he would even be in 
favor of paying the fee to have a new 
student union built. 

Wingfield said the SGA is still 
on the ground level with this issue. 

She said the SGA will continue 
to finalize costs and specific details 
this semester and said the students 
can expect a bill to be written when 
the senators return for the fall semes- 

'Backpack' journalist shares real world experiences with NSU 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Reporter 

Josh Green, reporter for WNCN 
in Raleigh/Durham and former 
NSU student, came back to cam- 
pus to talk to students last Tuesday. 

Green said he is known as a 
"digital" or "backpack" journalist 
because everything he needs to do 
his job is carried in a backpack. 

He does everything on his own: 
find stories, shoot footage and edit 
his work. Because of this, he hardly 
ever goes into the station. 

Green gave several tips and ad- 
vice to students: make strong con- 
nections, never burn bridges with 
people and remember names. 

"You don't have to be a rocket 
scientist to be a journalist, but you 
have to be common-sense smart," 
he said. "Be the person who craves 

He emphasized credibility, and 
explained that it was the one quality 
that is the most important in any area 
of journalism. 

"Being accurate and being unbi- 
ased is job number one," Green said. 

He encouraged students to have 
fun with what they did. 

Green was able to give a good 
perspective of what it's like in the 

He shared memories of stories 
that stuck out to him the most, in- 

cluding when he was sent to cover 
the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. 

Green stated that it was an in- 
timidating experience because he 
was briefed among some huge-name 
companies like CNN and Fox News, 
and it was the first time he started 
noticing the changes with the way 
news was reported. 

During the tragedy, people up- 
dated websites, virtually non-stop, 
with the latest information. 

The dynamics of the newsroom 
have changed due to the recession. 
There are fewer people to the job, 
making it essential to be able to take 
on multiple tasks, Green said. 

News organizations are also 
fighting lower ratings and are try- 
ing to capture audiences' attention in 
different ways, he explained. 

Everything is moving toward 
more multi-functional and more 
technological methods. 

Richelle Stephens, a senior jour- 
nalism major, said Green was help- 
ful since he was a former student and 
was able to provide personal experi- 

"He gave a good perspective on 
the industry and gave good advice," 
Stephens said. 

As an NSU student. Green re- 
ported for the Current Sauce, report- 
ed for NSU 22 for four years, was 
the Potpourri editor-in-chief for two 

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Photo by Amanda Duncil/ The Current Sauce 
Reporter Josh Green, a 2003 graduate from NSU's journalism department, speaks on Tuesday about what it takes 
to be a journalist in today's changing world. 

NSU looks 
toward energy 
efficient plan 

ShaRhonda Williams 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU officials are seeking pro- 
posals from Energy Manage- 
ment Contractors to assess 
the efficiency of the campus's new 
infrastructure, Physical Plant Opera- 
tions Director Chuck Bourg said. 

'The purpose of the assess- 
ments is to evaluate how efficient the 
current campus infrastructure is," 
Bourg said. "We need the campus 
to be more energy efficient to save 
money in operations." 

The previous electrical infra- 
structure used large amounts of pow- 
er deemed insignificant to the cam- 
pus's savings goals, he explained. 

The old system was more than 
30 years old and in a poor state, said 
Marcus Jones, the vice president for 
University Affairs. 

Jones said that the old system 
made it too difficult to provide reli- 
able power to the campus. 

As well as replacing the under- 
ground wiring, switches and trans- 
formers, the campus added state- 
of-the-art electrical meters to each 
building - the old system only allot- 
ted a meter per designated grid area. 

NSU President Randall Webb 
agreed the new infrastructure is a 
step in the right direction for the uni- 

"The new system will enable us 
to continually monitor usage by each 
facility and to implement measures 
to reduce energy use, especially dur- 
ing peak periods," Webb said. 

Jones said he expects there will 
be significant savings, but added it is 
too early to predict how much. 

Some students think upgrad- 
ing to the new electrical system is a 
positive move for NSU. 

"The installation may be costly, 
but in the long run it will be benefi- 
cial to the campus," said Kenneth 
Toussaint, a sophomore accounting 

Toussaint said he believes pay- 
ing a small cost of bi-annual sur- 
charge is a small price for being 
more energy efficient. 

There are students, however, 
who are more concerned about the 
amount of money students save an- 

Junior business administration 
major Ashley Johns said she is only 
in favor of the new infrastructure if 
it will make a major difference. 

"If the campus does not show 
significant savings, then I am not for 
the changes," Johns said. 

According to a NSU press re- 
lease from the News Bureau in 200 1 , 
the campus implemented a fee to 
help pay the higher cost of electric- 
ity ad natural gas. 

The surcharge for full-time un- 
dergraduates was up to $31.80 for 
the fall 2001 semester. 

The Energy Surcharge imple- 
mented by the Board of Regents in 
2001 is currently being assessed to 
students during the 2009/10 fiscal 
year, said Daphne Sampite, a NSU 

Sampite said the surcharge is 
now at $6.50 per hour up to a maxi- 
mum of 12 hours or $78 per full- 
time student. 

The Energy Surcharge and the 
required charge amount is evaluated 
and submitted to the University of 
Louisiana System Board for approv- 
al annually, Sampite said. 


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Susan Barnett, acting head of the department of psychology, confers with a student before the start of class. 

Mary Jordan 

Staff Reporter 

Susan Barnett has been named 
acting head of the department 
of psychology at NSU as of 
the beginning of the fall semester. 

Cynthia Lindsay who was the 
former head of the department, of- 
ficially stepped down once school 
began this August. 

After a long, strenuous process, 
Barnett was approved and accepted 
as the new acting head of the depart- 

ment of psychology. 

"Dr. Barnett has always been 
ingenious, energetic, enthusiastic 
and passionate.'* Lindsay said. 

"When I combine those char- 
acteristics with her work ethic and 
commitment to the university, de- 
partment, faculty and students. I get 
very excited in anticipation of all the 
possibilities of which Dr. Barnett is 
capable. She is a breath of fresh air." 

What comes with Barnett is not 
just the experience to do the job. but 
the desire to open up new doors and 
opportunities for those majoring in 

the psychology field. 

As acting head of the depart- 
ment, Barnett is in charge of the 
budget, evaluating the faculty and 
making sure technology needed is 

Barnett said her plans for the 
department go beyond what she is 
required to do in her position. 

She has high goals and aspira- 
tions for her department while she is 
the acting head. 

One of her plans involves the 
Council for Adult and Experienced 
Learning (CAEL) program. 

The goal is to one day be able to 
offer more degrees to adults through 
this program, giving the adults par- 
ticipating an opportunity to earn a 
degree while working and raising a 

Increasing the clinical programs 
and offering a more extensive Bach- 
elor of Science in a addiction studies 
degree are also two more important 
goals for Barnett. 

She is also working to get more 
outside funding and grants for the 

"If more funding could be 
brought in to the department then it 
could be more multi-faceted and up 
to date with the newest technology." 
Barnett said. 

As it turns out. the psychology 
program is largely online. 

This means that the profes- 
sors must have the most up to date 
technology, and students also need a 
place to have access to this technol- 

If Barnett is successful in bring- 
ing in more funding and grants for 
the department, doors will be opened 
for faculty and students via internet 

Barnett would also like to see 
the addiction studies program mar- 
keted more. 

She would like for the addiction 
studies major to grow, and to address 
other addictions the population is 
facing today. 

Most addiction studies are 
linked with drug or alcohol abuse. 

But that would change if the 
program were marketed more in 
depth, so that addictions concerning 
texting. the internet, technology and 
other newer addictions faced today 
in this technological world can be 
investigated and studied. 

Since she started at NSU in 
1995. Barnett has had a lot of suc- 

She worked her way up to the 
position of head of psychology, and 
is very proud of herself for doing so. 

Since 2004, Barnett has served 
on the university's Academic Ad- 
vising Council, and in 2002, she re- 
ceived NSU's Outstanding Faculty 
Advisor of the year award. 

In 2007, the College of Liberal 
Arts named her Outstanding Profes- 
sor of the Year. 

She loves teaching and the op- 
portunity to help incoming and cur- 
rent students in the hopes of getting 
their degrees and dream jobs. 

"Teaching is my love, my gift, 
my passion." Barnett said. 

Barnett feels like the biggest 
drawback as acting head of the psy- 
chology department is not being in 
the classroom enough. 

She still teaches, but only with 
the hours she has available with 
her new position. "I really miss the 
teaching," Barnett said. 

If you were a student in her 
classroom or in her department, you 
wouldn't see that she misses teach- 
ing or has many goals to accomplish 
for her department and her students. 

What you would see is a fun. 
friendly, dedicated professor ready 
and willing to help her students, as 
well as those she works with. 

Freshman psychology major 
Leeshey Wade said there are not 
many educators like Barnett. 

" [Barnett] keeps me interested 
when she lectures and she really 
knows her psychology. As far as her 
being the head of the psychology de- 
partment I have not seen any chang- 
es as of yet, but in the future I'm sure 
that there will be many," Wade said. 

Doors open for 
'Highway to Hell' 

Sarah Person 

Staff Reporter 

The Student Activities Board's 
Lagniappe Committee pres- 
ents the first Haunted House 
this Halloween: "A Highway to 

Students better come prepared 
to be scared Thursday Oct. 29 at 7 
p.m in the Student Union Ballroom. 

LaTweika Salmon, lagniappe 
committee head, said there is some- 
thing for everyone to be spooked 
about with several scenes at the 
haunted house. 

"Additionally, Southern Gothic 
was a key accessory in helping with 
the details about the haunted house, 
and CAPA students have agreed to 
help with makeup." Salmon said. 

What should one expect? 

Some of the horrific events in- 

clude an insane asylum where the 
doctors have fallen prey off its pa- 
tients. There will also include a zom- 
bie scene where the dead are walk- 
ing the streets looking for victims 
to eat and a clown scene where the 
clowns get the last laugh. 

Looking for something edgy? 

Well, there will be a psychedelic 
scene "full of black and white trans" 
where anything can be up and every- 
thing is down. 

The last scene is the Texas 
Chain Saw Massacre: "the Begin- 
ning and the End." 

The haunted house has guides 
to take guests through the event and 
each group will be divided into four 
to six people. 

No costumes are allowed due to 
safety precautions and SAB doesn't 
want people to confuse the guests 
with the "scarers." 

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Be Frank: Google it 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 


66X^1 oogle 
it" has 
b e 

come a phrase of- 
ten over used and 
often times said 
in jest among my 

But as I progress beyond mid- 
terms and look at the bigger goal — 
graduation — I begin to ponder the 
bigger meaning behind those two 
simple words. 

As a student body we take so 
much for granted. We abuse the edu- 
cation at our fingertips. 

So often students fuss because 
the "teacher didn't learn 'em good," 
but how much is an instructor really 
expected to teach? 

The work force is so much more 
than the simplistic textbooks we lug 
around campus daily praying don't 
cause long-term back damage. Hell, 
the world outside our college gates 
is changing quicker than those damn 
text books are published. 

Education isn't about always 
knowing the answer. It is not about 
how well you did on the biology test 
or if you even turned in your home- 

Education is about knowing 
how to find the answers you desire. 

It is about finding what you want 
out of life and learning how to make 
that happen. It is about realizing 
you aren't the smartest person in the 
room and having the desire to be- 
come more than what you are. 

"Google it" might be a phrase 
I have come to dread, but it doesn't 
come without its own lessons. 

It has been said to me repeatedly 
throughout my education that you 
retain what you learn yourself. Life 
is about your experiences and mak- 
ing them what you want them to be. 

There is a reason my boss in- 
sists on me "Googling" everything 
instead of answering the question 
himself — eventually I stop asking 
the same damn question. 

If you consistently live exam 
grade to exam grade and only con- 
cern yourself with memorizing the 
answers you think the instructor 
wants you to know but never focus 
on understand or grasping the con- 
cepts, then what have you learned? 

A diploma should not dictate 
that you are educated. It doesn't 
mean much beyond the fact that you 
know how to pass a test and you are 
dedicated enough to stick it through 
the end. 

But if you don't know how to 
play with the big kids and talk the 
big talk, then your experiences are 
going to be very shallow and lack 
the depth you hopefully will some- 

day desire. 

If you refuse to take your educa- 
tion into your own hands and make it 
something more than an exam grade 
then you leave this institution with 
nothing more than the satisfaction of 
know ing how to bubble in a letter. 

Then you leave this institution 
with nothing more than a meaning- 
less piece of paper with the presi- 
dent's John Hancock. 

No, Google is not God's gift to 
the world. 

No, it doesn't always give you 
the results you require. 

But it is only as good as the user. 

Walk away from Northwestern 
State with more than a piece of pa- 
per. Walk into the classroom with 
higher expectations from yourself 
instead of the instructor. 

Sit down and make your educa- 
tion your own. Make it a personal. 

Don't lose sleep over a grading 
system that in no way measures your 
intelligence. And no, a system that 
grades you on your attendance, par- 
ticipation and homework does not 
actually measure your intelligence, 
but rather how well you follow di- 

Next time don't worry about al- 
ways knowing the right answer. Be- 
cause in the real world you just need 
to know where to look. 

After all, life isn't about what 
you but who you know. 

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but letters to the editor are welcome from anyone. All submissions become property of The Current Sauce. 
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The meaning beyond the dollar 

Amanda Duncil 

Guest Columnist 

It's dishearten- 
ing to know 
your net 
worth as a per- 
son in the eyes of 
society generally 
boils down to the 
amount of money you generate per 

High schools and colleges — 
particularly ones boasting online 
degrees - use money to pressure 
prospective students to pick a career 
path that earns big bucks. Otherwise, 
you're broke and apparently work- 
ing a dead-end job that will get you 

It's this type of propaganda 
that has set the mentality of society 
to equate money equaling success, 
happiness and worth. 

Parents contribute to this as 

much, if not more, than advertise- 

When you're younger, you're 
told that you can be whatever you 
dream of—sky's the limit. But once 
you've reached the age where you 
must finally decide what path to 
take, chances are there will be peo- 
ple close to you who will discourage 
your choices. 

What happened to following 
your dreams and doing what makes 
you happy? 

Money is important, no doubt, 
but the fascination with money has 
gone a bit too far. 

Why are we pushing youth to do 
something that will make them mis- 
erable for the sake of higher wages? 

Money can bring you luxury. It 
can keep you from worrying about 
debt, but it alone can't bring you 

The amount of money you make 
shouldn't determine your worth to 

society. Some of the most important 
jobs earn notably less than others. 

For example, the magnitude of 
the influence of a teacher is insur- 
mountable because they shape the 
minds of our youth. Although their 
salary is far from grandiose, every- 
one can remember a teacher who has 
had some sort of impact on them. 

Every year, college students 
make the decision to study medi- 
cine instead of education with the 
prospect of having job security and 
becoming rich. Our thoughts are 
focused on how much we'll make 
instead of how much we can do for 

It's almost as though we're al- 
ways trying to progress up an in- 
visible ladder of life, and we're not 
satisfied unless we're constantly- 
progressing upward. Maybe we 
should focus more appreciating what 
we have and learn to live life to the 

Riding the thermals 

Paul Randall Adams 

Guest Columnist 

Strong, ma- 
jestic, glori- 
ous. A hawk 
flies overhead. His 
impressive wing- 
span flaps hard 
to gain altitude. 
The sunlight, caught in his feath- 
ers, makes a perfect spotlight for the 
world to see as he climbs higher and 
higher into the beautiful blue sky. 

Laboring harder and harder, the 
hawk keeps climbing until he has 
reached a remarkable height. Sud- 
denly, he stops flapping, extending 
his wings to their full four-and-a- 
half feet span. 

He plummets, falling quickly, 
despite the wind resistance against 
his open wings. 

Without warning, however, he 
is soon soaring, swept through the 
sky as if a fish in a stream. Just as 
quickly as he appeared, he is gone, a 
speck in the clear blue sky. 

Hawks have figured something 

out that humans have missed for 
years. If they work hard enough, 
sometimes almost to the point of 
straining themselves, they can reach 
the thermal drafts and get where 
they're going. 

If they push themselves just a 
little past their comfort zone, it will 
make the arrival to their destination 
that much easier. 

Humans, however, seem to take 
the easy way out. The ones that I've 
met do, at least. They aim to achieve 
the bare minimum in life. They hope 
to just "slide by." 

This brings to mind the old 
quote "no pain, no gain." Do we re- 
ally do anything w hen we just do the 
bare minimum? 

No pain, no gain. We never 
grow, we never expand. We never 
achieve our best if we don't endure a 
little bit of pain, a little bit of strife. 

Humans play it safe. Many try 
to avoid going all-out, putting them- 
selves out there, for fear that they 
will fail. 

We know that it's safe to just 
slide by. We know that we don't get 

hurt if we're simply average. 

But what about the harm we do 
to ourselves? If you reign yourself 
in, try to be average, try to do noth- 
ing, you are harming yourself. You 
will lose yourself. 

I encourage you to try harder. 
It's okay to fail every now and again. 

Sometimes you must go one 
step back to take two steps forw ard. 

When hawks fly to their high- 
est, they must drop a few feet before 
they begin soaring on the thermals. 

They must have faith that they'll 
be caught in the flow. But they also 
know that they will be able to rely on 
their own abilities to fly to safety if 
they drop too far. 

We must be willing to rely on 
our own devices when we drop too 

The truth is, we will all drop. 
We will all fall. 

But when we reach our high- 
est, we'll find how much easier life 
is. We'll find it easier to achieve our 
dreams, to arrive at our destination. 

We could all learn a lesson from 
the hawks. 

Half the Battle: War on Santa 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in Chief 


I ■ 

adies and 
for years we have 
looked evil in the 
face, waiting for 
their first move. 
Today, we, as a 
people, must come together to stop 
the pervasion of this evil into our 

As of October 26, we are a na- 
tion at war against the evils of greed 
and the wanton destruction of the 
American way. No, my friends, it is 
not a time of celebrating. It is not a 
time for joy. It is a time to take back 
what is rightfully ours. 

I do not jest, my loyal readers. 
This is it. This is the year we have 
to declare war and take back what 
is rightfully ours as the American 

We must take back autumn. 

I received a text message from a 

friend I had not spoken to in a while, 
and she told me that in Walgreens. 
she had seen Christmas cards on dis- 
play. This, however, is not the first I 
have received word of Santa cross- 
ing the line. 

Since early July, news stories 
of retailers having sales and allow- 
ing layaway hit the major networks. 
Since then, I have been in my bun- 
ker, preparing for the worst. 

And the pine-scented weapon of 
mass destruction hit. 

I received an e-mail today from 
an online liquor store telling me to 
prepare for the holiday season. 

I no longer have a computer. 

What in the name of all that is 
sacred is wrong with us? Halloween 
hasn't even come and gone yet. Un- 
less... hm. I think I see it now. 

OK, my Christmaholics. Are 
you trying to stamp out the devil by 
celebrating Jesus' birthday for three 
months? Are you trying to save our 
obese nation from tons and tons of 
candy being dispersed? 

Are you trying to put the Bat- 
man costume companies out of busi- 

Solid plans, but you're forget- 
ting the joys on this wondrous time 
of year. The time of year when we 
gorge ourselves on candy, frighten 
the ever-loving hell out of each other 
and wait another month to gorge 
ourselves again with in-laws we 
don't even like. 

Stop the madness. We are in 
the middle of the fall season. We're 
skipping the brightly colored leaves, 
the cool autumn days and even the 
Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. 

And for what? The glory of 
some fat guy who gives us pres- 
ents? If you're so eager for presents, 
you've forgotten the true meaning of 
the holiday anyway. 

So, Santa, you're on my list. Re- 
move your troops from my autumn, 
or I will resort to violence. 

I would say "Don't make me an- 
gry," but the Hulk is green and that is 
not a festive fall color. 




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Opinionated Spirits: 

Secretary of beer 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Columnist 

Come one, 
come all! 
Taste the 
brew that's tailgate 
approved, triple 
hopped and made 
from the crystal 
clear springs of this beautiful coun- 
try. Drink America! 

Imagine an organization that 
combined the greatest drinkers and 
thinkers in America to create a brand 
of beer unlike any other in the world. 
Just think of a national brewery cre- 
ating the beer of America. 

This was a dream that almost 
happened for the fourth president of 
the United States, James Madison, 
the man considered as "The Father 
of the Constitution." After elected 
in 1 809, he attempted to establish a 
national brewery and appoint a sec- 
retary of beer to his cabinet. 

If such a position was created 
today, I could see it receiving little 
or no support from the American 
people. This could be because of 
several temperance movements over 
America's history or the thought that 
a master brewer would be in line to 
possibly be the president. 

The only thought that bothers 
me is that if our national government 
would refuse to establish a national 
religion, I would hope they would 
not be foolish enough to establish 
a national brewery that would ban 
the production of any other of the 
unique types of beer that we enjoy 

In the hopes that Madison 
would allow the growth and entre- 
preneurship of microbreweries, I 
would approve such a proposition 

by the president. 

His goal of establishing the po- 
sition of a secretary of beer is what 
has me more interested, however. If 
such a position was made public, I 
can only imagine the piles of appli- 
cations that would be sent to the oval 

The profile of a man or woman 
who serves as the secretary of beer 
could possibly be the most dynamic 
of any member of the presidential 
candidate, or at least the most inter- 
esting character in a social studies 

For the sake of curiosity and 
the progression of political science, 
I would like to delve into the very 
being of a person who has been ap- 
pointed as the secretary of beer. 

Americans today might view a 
man with the title of "secretary of 
beer" as a drunk with slurred words 
and morals and a man with little con- 
trol over himself and his nightlife 
actions. Well, this perception would 
most likely be true for a man with 
such a title, but one must not view 
a man by his tolerance of alcohol 
alone. Much like other political fig- 
ures, he should be viewed by is goals 
pertaining to the American people 
and their drinking habits. 

He would be a man who the 
American people would hope had 
adequate experience and legitimate 
skills to offer, unlike some of our 
current government officials. Some- 
one who does not belong in this posi- 
tion would be easy to spot. The pres- 
ident would not, for example, put 
someone who has had experience in 
an unrelated field, like an Arabian 
horse society. An experienced brew- 
ery worker or master brewer would 
be the most qualified for the posi- 

A belligerent drunk would not 

work for such a position, however, 
since it would require a man with an 
understanding of the entire drinking 
culture in the country. 

From those who drink non-al- 
coholic beers and drinks to the iron- 
willed binge drinkers of America, 
the secretary of beer is a man who 
respects all kinds of drinkers. He is 
a man who understands the impor- 
tance of the taste of drinks for those 
who are drinking those non-alcohol- 
ic mixes, whether they be underage, 
Baptist or pregnant. 

He is also a man who represents 
the opposite extreme too. 

He would push for the approval 
for stronger blends of booze, from 
beer to liquor, for those hard-work- 
ing American men. 

America's secretary of beer 
would support the movement of dif- 
ferent flavors and styles of beer to 
appease the American people. He 
is a man who understands that one 
brand is not enough to represent an 
entire nation of beer drinkers. 

Just like how Anheuser-Busch 
does not crush those microbreweries 
challenging its dominance, the sec- 
retary of beer w ould not fight against 
those dream-wishing Americans 
hoping to brew their own exception- 
al drink. 

During the time that Madison 
was president, there were quite a few 
Americans making their own type of 
beer, but it is upsetting that this is not 
the case today. America's secretary 
of beer should not adhere to minis- 
cule, negative drinking opinions of 
certain teatotaling Americans and 
take advice from more prominent 
drinking figures, like Humphrey Bo- 

It was he who said, "The prob- 
lem with the world is that everyone 
is a few drinks behind." 


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Sports Editor 
October 28, 2009 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

Two fourth quarter field goals 
gave Texas State University 
the 20-17 win that ruined the 
Demon football team's dream 
of winning its first game for the 125* 
NSU homecoming. 

With 1:55 left in the game, 
TSU kicker Justin Garelick nailed a 
21-yarder to edge out the Demons. 

On the ensuing drive, NSU 
managed to make it to the Bobcats' 
39-yard line, but a failed fourth-and- 
five conversion stalled the drive and 
ended the Demons' chance to get 
that first win under their belt. 

"We can't hold it [the game] to 
that drive," sophomore NSU offen- 
sive lineman Zach Case said. " We 
missed opportunities and shot our- 
selves in the foot." 

This was the second time in 
three years that TSU beat the De- 
mons for their homecoming game. 

"It was an awesome effort. We 
didn't always make the plays but 
we always were busting it and we 
did give ourselves a chance to win," 
first-year head coach Dale Peveto 
said. "There wasn't a man on the 
team who didn't believe we were go- 
ing to win until they finally stopped 
us in the last minute on their side of 
the field." 

The game was tightly contested 
for 60 minutes. 

The Demons took the lead early 
in the fourth after a 28-yard touch- 
down run by William Griffin. 

Photos by Bethany Frank/The Current Suace 

Runningback (6) William Griffen, left, and quarterback (13) Paul Harris, right, both score rushing touchdowns, in the close 20-17 loss to the Texas State 
Bobcats on homecoming. Griffen and Harris both had over 100-yards rushing, and led the Demons to a season-best 289 yards on the ground. 

The Bobcats answered back 
with a 29-yard game-tieing field 
goal from Garelick. 

The Demons' next drive stalled 
and a short punt allowed the Bobcats 
to knock in the tie-breaking kick that 
would inevitably win the game for 

The Demon football team rode 
the back of true freshman quarter- 
back Paul Harris because of a bro- 
ken thumb John Hundley sustained 
last week against McNeese. 

It was Harris' first college start 

and it was an impressive one. 

Harris led the Demons' offense 
to 402 total yards. 

"I was nervous," Harris said. 
"Coach Cooley calmed me down 
and got me familiar with the looks 
that the defense was going to give 

Harris threw for 117 yards and 
connected 10 of his 16 attempts. 

He ran for 1 1 8 more yards on 22 
carries and became the first player to 
rush for 100 yards in his first start, 
since all-time rushing leader Tony 

Taylor posted a 100-yard rushing 
game in 1998. 

"Paul played just tremendous," 
NSU offensive coordinator Todd 
Cooley said. "If we don't have some 
[passes] droped, he's well over 200 
yards passing and we've got more 

Griffin reached a career-best 
121 rushing yards to add to the 
Demons' season-high 289 rushing 
yards on the ground. 

TSU, the nation's fifth-best 
scoring team with a 36.8 average, 

was held to only 20 points by the 
purple swarm defense. 

"The defense did very well 
against an offense that can score at 
will," Case said. " If we minimize 
the redzone penalties, we win by 

The Demons look to end the 
seven game losing streak and re- 
ceive their first win of the season as 
the team heads across the border to 
Huntsville, Texas to face the Sam 
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first SLC victory 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Lady Demons volley- 
ball team ended a losing streak 
that stretched all the way back 
to the middle of September. 
NSU ended its streak against the 
Texas A&M-Corpus Christie Island- 
ers, this past Saturday, by the score 
of three games to one. "We started 
flat but really kicked it into gear in 
the second set," Lady Demon head 
coach Brittany Uffelman said. 

The Islanders won the first set 
by the score of 25-19, but fortunate- 
ly for the Lady Demons they were 

able to refocus and crush TAMCC in 
the final three sets, by the scores of; 
25-12, 25-14 and 25-17. 

NSU came back from an 8-5 
deficit in the fourth set to tie the set 
up at eight, then kept it tied at 11-11 
until the Lady Demons scored 1 of 
the next 12 points in the set to take 
a 21-13 advantage and basically put 
the set out of reach. 

In the match Yelena Enwere led 
the way for the Lady Demons. En- 
were had a season-high 20 kills on 
36 attacks with only four errors. 

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keep SLC 
hopes alive 

Robert Weeks 

Sauce Reporter 

Senior forward Maddy Hall 
scored Sunday's only goal as 
the Lady Demons defeated 
Southland Conference rival South- 
easten Louisiana. Along with scor- 
ing the winning goal, Hall also 
picked up the Southland Conference 
Offensive Player of the Week award. 

The goal was her sixth of the 
season. Marking the last regular sea- 
son home game of the season, all of 
the Lady Demon seniors were rec- 
ognized just before the start of the 

This contest would prove to 
be very emotional not only for this 
reason, but as a must win game in 
order to keep the Lady Demons post- 
season hopes alive. 

First half action between the 
two teams seemed to favor NSU, as 
they remained on the attacking half 
of the field limiting Southeastern to 
only 3 shots the entire half and no 
threatening opportunities. 

The Demons dominated time of 
possession in the first half but could 
not find the back of the net. The tide 
turned in the second half, and SLU 
picked up the pace to show why they 
had remained unbeaten thus far in 
conference play by pressuring the 
Demon defense. But even in South- 
eastern's dominant second half play, 
the Demons found a weak spot. 

Lacie Hughes narrowly missed 
a goal in the first half as Rachel 
O'Steen sent a ball into the box off 
of a corner kick, and this same ap- 
proach would net the winning goal. 

Meghan Hunter sent a low, driv- 
en ball into the near side of the goal 
where Maddy Hall was positioned. 

All it took by Hall was a simple 
flick and redirection of the ball for it 
to find the back of the net in the 75 th 

"I'm really glad for Maddy 
[Hall] because she's really had a 
tough time with injuries through- 
out her career," Head Coach Jimmy 
Mitchell said. "Getting the game- 
winning goal like that is certainly a 
great way to end your home career." 

With the win, the Demons post- 
season hopes are still alive as they 
visit Stephen F. Austin next Friday, 
who is also looking to secure a spot 
in the SLC tournament next month 
which is to be held at the Demon 
Soccer Complex. 

Also receiving an award this 
week was Demon goalkeeper Lindy 
Strahan. This is the third time this 
season she has received the award. 


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Arrival of Aladdin's just around corner 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Reporter 

After receiving final approv- 
als from state and parish of- 
ficials, Abdel "Abe" Muqbell 
and his son Akram are almost ready 
with Aladdin's Hookah Lounge and 

Aladdin's will be serving Amer- 
ican and Mediterranean cuisine and 
flavored tobacco in handmade hoo- 
kahs for customers who are 18 and 

The restaurant's opening has 
been anticipated by students since 
the beginning of the fall semes- 
ter, and their anticipation has only 
grown as the date draws near. 

New, colorful signs are dis- 

played on the outside of the former 
P.J.'s Coffee location and some of 
the elaborate decor of the interior 
can be seen passersby. 

All of these new attractions that 
students can peak at as they pass by 
on University blvd. leave them won- 
dering one question: 

When is this place going to be 

Abe received approval from the 
state and local fire marshal, as well 
as completed the final health inspec- 
tion needed before being given the 
OK to open. 

Now, Abe and Akram are put- 
ting the final touches to the restau- 
rant to ensure it will open without a 

"We want to be 100 percent 

ready when we open," Abe said. 

He and his son are in the pro- 
cess of cleaning up the restaurant 
and setting up its interior to look 
presentable for customers. The two 
local entrepreneurs hope to open by 
next Wednesday, Nov. 1 1 . 

Not all of Abe's original plans 
were able to follow through, how- 
ever. He will only have one separate 
section of the restaurant being used 
as the hookah lounge instead of two 
as he originally intended. 

The lounge is with the taste 
of Mediterranean culture and even 
has glamorously decorated bench- 
es, handmade by Abe and Akram, 
which will seat customers around 
the hookahs. 

There is also a room attached to 

the lounge with tables and chairs. 

The other section of the restau- 
rant Abe hoped to use as another 
hookah lounge will instead be deco- 
rated and furnished like the rest of 
the restaurant, and it will allow the 
opportunity for the restaurant to of- 
fer groups a secluded section to use 
for special occasions. 

The main portion of the restau- 
rant also follows the Mediterranean 
decor. This is the largest part of the 
establishment, and Abe hopes this to 
be an enjoyable spot to spend time 
for smokers and non-smokers alike. 

"We don't want to make peo- 
ple who don't smoke shy from the 
place," Abe said. 

He has reached out with tech- 
nology as well to appeal to a wider 

range of customers. 

The restaurant's website, www., is up and 
running with information about the 
food, hookah, pictures, opinion polls 
and directions to the restaurant. 

The website also contains in- 
formation about the owner and his 
son and some of the work they've 
put into the restaurant. There's also 
information that might answer some 
questions for those curious about 
what exactly a hookah is. 

Another outlet for prospective 
students and customers to voice 
their opinion and learn more about 
the restaurant is the Facebook group, 
where students have already begun 
showing their interest and anticipa- 
tion for Aladdin's opening. 

Courtesy photo 

Akram Muqbell, who is opening Aladdin's Hookah Lounge and Restaurant 
with his father "Abe," demonstrates how to smoke hookah. 

Courtesy photo 

Abdel "Abe" Muqbell, owner of Aladdin's Hookah Lounge and Restaurant, designed his establishment with a Medi- 
terranean theme in mind. Much of the furniture and fixtures are handmade by Abe and his son. 

Journalism department gives online opportunites to soldiers 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The journalism department re- 
cently entered into an agree- 
ment with the Defense Infor- 
mation School (DINFOS), which 
will allow soldiers to transfer credit 
hours to the NSU bachelor's pro- 

DINFOS, which is located at 
Ft. Meade, Md., is a military institu- 
tion that produces public affairs and 
visual information personnel for the 
U.S. Department of Defense. 

Because the experience students 
at DINFOS receives is valuable and 
closely relates to the curriculum re- 
quired for NSU journalism program. 
Department Head Paula Furr said 
it only makes sense that they offer 
DINFOS students the opportunity to 
receive a degree at NSU. 

According to the Memorandum 
of Understanding that was signed by 
both parties on Monday, the journal- 
ism department will "award credit 
for military experiences and ser- 
vice schools in accordance wit the 
recommendations by the American 
Council on Education." 

Furr said she believes both 
NSU and DINFOS are entering into 
a win-win situation. 

"Our online program is and has 
been geared toward the nontradi- 
tional student and working profes- 
sionals," Furr said. 

Qualified soldiers will now get 

the chance to receive a Bachelor's 
degree in journalism through the 
department's online program more 
easily, and the department is able to 
expand its horizons, she said. 

"It's an honor to be associated 
with such a fine institution as DIN- 
FOS, and NSU is proud that it can 
support service members seeking to 
further their education while remain- 
ing on active duty," Furr said. 

She explained that it is not the 
department's intentions to pull sol- 
diers away from their military ca- 
reers in order to pursue a degree at 
NSU, but instead to allow them to 
still maintain their active duty status 
while obtaining a journalism degree 

Furr worked closely with DIN- 
FOS Provost Michael Gannon to 
develop the Memorandum of Under- 

She said she first contacted Gan- 
non last spring and traveled to DIN- 
FOS in August to work out details 
concerning the agreement. 

Furr said the journalism depart- 
ment will continue to open more 
doors for those seeking a degree by 
means of the Internet. 

"We have a tremendous target 
audience with nontraditional stu- 
dents that we're going to seek to as- 
sist in the future," Furr said. 

Furr said she hopes to have the Courtesy photo 

first students from DINFOS trans- Journalism Department Head Paula Furr worked closely with Michael Gannon, the provost of the Defense Informa- 
fer their credits and pursue a degree '' ons School, to arrange a deal that will allow soldiers from DINFOS to use their military school experience as credits 
from NSU next spring toward an online Bachelor's degree in journalism. 

SGA, Maggio 
look to fix 
fee dilema 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The Student Government Asso- 
ciation is working with Student 
and Business Affairs to finalize 
a referendum that would in- 
crease the number of students pay- 
ing student fees. 

Currently, enrollment at NSU is 
increasing, but the amount of fund- 
ing the university is receiving is not 
reflecting this increase, said Dean of 
Students Chris Maggio. 

Maggio explained that this is be- 
cause the primary raise in enrollment 
is coming from online students, and 
with the university's current policy, 
these nontraditional students do not 
have to pay full student fees. 

He said, however, the problem 
lies with students who take both on- 
line and face-to-face classes. 

These students are not being 
charged student fees, but still have 
access to on-campus services, Mag- 
gio said. 

As a result of the lack of stu- 
dent fees being collected, Maggio 
explained that many of NSU's ac- 
counts are losing money. 

"It's a tricky situation, but 
something must be done," Maggio 
said. "The university needs to ex- 
plore the way students are being as- 
sessed fees." 

Maggio and the SGA have been 
researching different possibilities 
and determining which students 
should be charged full student fees. 

When interviewed in Septem- 
ber, SGA President Kayla Wingfield 
explained that the Senate is looking 
toward writing a referendum that 
will clearly define which students 
are considered on-campus students. 

Wingfield said the Senate plans 
to stipulate that if a student takes at 
least one credit hour on campus or 
lives within a 60 mile radius of the 
university's Natchitoches campus, 
then he or she will be charged stu- 
dent fees. These fees will amount to 
about $223, she said. 

At last week's SGA meeting, 
Maggio and the Senate discussed the 
issue, SGA Vice President Mathew 
Morrison said. 

From the research he has done, 
Maggio said he has found that most 
universities charge all students, re- 
gardless of where they take their 
classes, a standard student fee. 

Morrison said that for the most 
part the Senate appeared to be in fa- 
vor of writing the referendum. 

"There was a general consensus 
among the senators that the univer- 
sity needs more funding, and this is 
the best way to provide it," Morrison 

The only issue some senators 
had concerned whether all online 
students will be assessed the fees 
or just ones who take both online 
classes and face-to-face classes on 
the Natchitoches campus, Morrison 

Morrison explained that the 
SGA will continue looking into the 
issue in the next couple of weeks and 
will hopefully have the referendum 
written by the end of the semester. 

Maggio expressed a similar sen- 
timent by saying that both Student 
Affairs and Business Affairs are still 
in the researching phase and is not 
leaning toward any specific plan at 
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David Royal 

News Editor 

For the past 12 years, students 
in John Foster's Communica- 
tions 3120 classes have been 
making a difference on the NSU and 
Natchitoches community. 

The premise of Communica- 
tions 3120, also known as Group 
Dynamics, is for the students to 
work together to identify a problem 
in the community, develop a plan to 
solve the problem and do their best 
to implement their plan by the end of 
the semester, said Foster, who is an 
assistant professor of communica- 

Students in this semester's 
Group Dynamics class have made it 
a goal to make NSU a safer campus. 

Precious Barber, the designated 
speaker of the group, said the group 
plans to focus on making NSU's 
crosswalks less hazardous for both 
pedestrians and drivers. 

"We want NSU to be considered 
as a university of safety," said Bar- 
ber, who is a junior communications 

Barber said the group, which 
is composed of eight students and 
named SafeWay, agreed that cur- 
rently the campus's crosswalk sys- 
tem poses too much of a risk. 

There are not enough signs 
clearly stating that drivers should 
yield to pedestrians and too many 
students not actually using the cross- 
walks to travel across the street, Bar- 
ber said. 

SafeWay is putting its empha- 
sis on the crosswalk connecting the 
Sabine parking lot and Kyser Hall, 
which the group members feel pres- 
ents the highest volume of traffic and 
pedestrians during the day. 

"Our vision expanded from that 

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Students attempt to walk across the street from Kyser Hall to the Sabine parking lot. This particular crosswalk Is an 
area of interest for SafeWay when trying to develop a safer plan. 

one crosswalk," said Elisha Ibanga, 
another student in Foster's class. 
Ibanga said the group has developed 
three potential ideas that could be 

SafeWay is looking into the ef- 
fectiveness of possibly installing 
more traffic lights, rerouting and 
closing vehicular traffic at certain 
hours or even having pedestrian 
overpasses constructed at needed ar- 

Ibanga said the group under- 
stands that the overpasses would 
most likely be the least feasible of 
the three plans, and said he feels that 
developing a plan that would reroute 
and close traffic might be most ef- 
fective in the short-run. 

SafeWay's idea to shift and re- 
duce vehicular traffic during the day 
has interested Robert Crew, execu- 
tive assistant to the President. 

Crew said he has met with Safe- 
Way to discuss the group's ideas and 
said they are similar to the ideas that 
he and other NSU officials are hop- 
ing to one day establish. 

"Everybody wants to drive right 
up to their classes to find a parking 
space and will wait in line for an 
hour, and that just creates too many 
problems," Crew said. 

Crew said SafeWay's plan to re- 
direct traffic during the idea shows 
potential and said he hopes to see 
more walking and bike paths created 
in correlation to SafeWay's actions. 

"I don't know what the class 
will come up with, but I'm anxious 
to see what they come up with," 
Crew said. 

In addition to working with 
NSU officials. Barber said the group 
has also shared their ideas with State 
Representative Rick Nowlin. 

SafeWay gained valuable ad- 
vice from Nowlin and learned in par- 
ticular that the group would benefit 
more if they developed additional 
ideas. Barber said. 

Barber explained that in order 
to achieve this, SafeWay's plan is 
to find out what the student body 

SafeWay will be surveying stu- 

dents throughout the day on Nov. 
10 outside of Kyser Hall and in the 
lobby in Friedman Student Union. 

Then on Nov. 17, the group will 
be leading a panel discussion in the 
Cane River Room, in which all stu- 
dents, faculty and community mem- 
bers are welcome to attend. 

Barber said the panel will con- 
sist of members from Greek life, 
Army ROTC, the Demon football 
team, the Student Government As- 
sociation and more. 

The goal of the surveys and 
panel discussion is to compare ideas 
with the student body and develop 
the best idea possible, Barber said. 

Once their final plan is devel- 
oped and agreed on. Barber said the 
group will then present their idea 
at the end of the semester to NSU 
President Randall Webb and Dean of 
Students Chris Maggio. 

If they are able to gain their sup- 
port, Barber said SafeWay will then 
present their argument and solution 
to the SGA in the hopes to have a bill 
passed that will fulfill the group's vi- 


"The ultimate goal would be to 
have the SGA pass a bill that would 
fund our idea without the students 
being taxed," Barber said. 

Foster said that in the past, al- 
most all of his classes have been at 
least somewhat successful. 

He explained that in most cas- 
es, the groups develop great ideas 
and solutions to problems, but the 
plans are not necessarily carried out 
because of conflicts with time and 

"It's not that the ideas aren't 
good or the planning isn't there," 
Foster said. "The problem lies with 
higher officials not being capable of 
following through." 

Foster added, however, he has 
seen groups develop ideas that are 
adopted and used by the community. 

In one of Foster's classes, the 
group decided there was a need for 
a St. Patrick's Day celebration in 
Natchitoches. After completing their 
project, the City of Natchitoches was 
so impressed that the officials imple- 
mented the group's plans and has 
had a St. Patrick's Day celebration 
for the past two years. 

Foster said he believes SafeWay 
could have similar success. 

"I think you'll sec a change and 
I think you'll see it soon," Foster 

Even if their plan is not accept- 
ed by NSU officials, however, Iban- 
ga said he thinks the work SafeWay 
has put in will not be in vain. 

"I think by bringing focus to a 
traffic issue on campus, we will in 
turn get students to look at addition- 
al issues at NSU, whether it be con- 
cerning safety of students at night 
or keeping safe during inclement 
weather conditions," Ibanga said. 

H1N1 influenza 
vaccinations arrive 

David Royal 

News Editor 

NSU Health Services has re- 
ceived its first shipment of the 
H1N1 influenza vaccination 
and will begin administering it to 
those at high risk of the virus, Direc- 
tor Stephanie Campbell said. 

The State of Louisiana delivered 
200 doses of the vaccination Oct. 
29, and NSU Health Services will 
be giving it to those in that qualify 
in the community on Nov. 1 from 8 
a.m. to 4 p.m. at its clinic on campus. 

It will be administered on a first 
come, first serve basis, Campbell 

Those that can receive the vac- 
cination are health care workers, 
pregnant women and anyone caring 
for or living with infants under the 
age of six months. 

There will be no cost for the 
vaccination and anyone in the com- 
munity may receive it if they meet 
the standards of being at high risk. 

Anyone wishing to receive the 
vaccination must present a photo id. 

Campbell explained the process 

will take approximately 30 minutes, 
and those who receive the vaccina- 
tion could experience soreness in 
their arm and slight swelling at the 
injection sight. 

Campbell added that the clinic 
will not give the vaccination to any- 
one who is already sick when they 
arrive or to anyone who has an al- 
lergy to eggs. 

"It is the Center for Disease 
Control's standard that when your 
body is already fighting an illness, 
we cannot administer a vaccination 
because it will produce additional 
complications," Campbell said. 

NSU Health Services is prepar- 
ing to receive a second, larger ship- 
ment of vaccinations, which will be 
made available to everyone - not 
just those at high risk. 

As of yesterday, Campbell said 
she had not been informed of when 
the second shipment will be arriving. 

Campbell said she encourages 
students to check the electronic mar- 
quee located outside of Friedman 
Student Union throughout the next 
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Photo by: Casey Reynolds/Current Sauce 
Ashley Nielsen, Gary Nolley, Bruce Turner, Brooke Nielsen and Logan 
Wallace all working together to plant trees infront of the Phi Mu Frater- 
nity House on Jefferson Street located on campus. 

Recent tree donation 
enhances landscape 

Casey Reynolds 

Sauce Reporter 

Brothers John and Sidney Ev- 
ans recently made a donation 
totaling around 800 plants 
and various landscape supplies to 
enhance the appearance of NSU's 

NSU received the donation the 
same week it was named a Tree 
Campus USA University by the Ar- 
bor Day Foundation. 

NSU is the first college or uni- 

versity in Louisiana to be named a 
Tree Campus University. 

One requirement of the Arbor 
Day foundation is that the university 
plants a certain number of trees each 

This donation allowed for NSU 
to exceed the requirements for this 

Gary Nolley, one of the leaders 
of the NSU grounds crew said, "This 
is making my wishes come true." 

"We would have never been 
able to do this without the help of 

the Evans brothers." 

Future NSU students and alum- 
ni will get to see a Cyprus tree grove 
when they enter through the Tarlton 
Drive entrance. 

The Cyprus series will continue 
by the river bank. The grounds crew 
planted 40 oak trees along Tarlton 
Drive last Friday. 

The final total oaks in that area 
will be about 75. "We are trying to 
provide NSU a unique setting and an 
interesting layout, not just a square 

Nolley's goal is to have all of 
the donated plants in the ground by 
March of 2010. The crew is working 
with the physical plant to overcome 
obstacles, like NSU's underground 

"Everything has to be carefully 
coordinated," said Nolley. 

The crew has also begun plant- 
ing around organizational row. They 
planted trees by the Phi Mu and 
BCM houses. They will continue 
planting going west on organization 

The NSU grounds crew will 
also enhance a project they began 
last year. 

They planted pine trees along 
the west side of Sam Sibley and 
planted green ash maples and elms 
around the print shop. 

They plan to plant oaks trees in 
some areas and fill in various areas 
of need with irises. 

Director of Custodial Services 
and Coordinator of Emergency Ser- 
vices Chris Sampite said that the 
NSU grounds crew never cuts down 
a tree unless it is harmful to students 
or the university. 

They work to enhance the land- 
scape and want to make NSU a more 
appealing campus for visitors and 

"We understand the impor- 
tance of maintaining and preserving 
trees," he said. 

Surviving the epidemic: 

'Thinking pink' could save life 

Tori Ladd 

Life Editor 

Think pink, think safe, think 

No time, place, age or race is 
more prone than another when can- 
cer claims a life. The body does not 
have to be matured or aged for breast 
cancer to declare a woman's body. 

The fight against breast cancer 
continues every moment of every- 

The United States Cancer Sta- 
tistics: 1999-2005 Incidence and 
Mortality Web-based Report records 
that 1 86,467 women were diagnosed 
with breast cancer in 2005 and 
4 1 , 1 1 6 died from breast cancer. 

Among women, breast cancer is 
the second leading cause of death in 
the United States. 

Although the statistics of breast 
cancer is high, the numbers of deaths 
are waning as science and technol- 
ogy continue to make breakthroughs 
to discover breast cancer in prema- 
ture forms. 

With the early detection of 
breast cancer, the better the chances 
of beating it, increasing the survival 
rate up to 96 percent. 

However, the earlier the prog- 
nosis and the start of treatment for 
breast cancer; the patient survival 
rate is increased. 

Breast cancer in women under 
40, is difficult to identify because 
their breast tissue is denser than that 

of older women. 

To detect breast cancer, your 
doctor may perform tests used for 
screening, diagnosis and monitoring 

including mammograms - an x-ray 
examination of the breast - ultra- 
sounds, magnetic resonance imag- 
ing (MRI), computed tomography 
(CAT) scans or positron emission 
tomography (PET) scans. 

According to, 
the most common types of breast 
cancers are: 

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ 
(DCIS) has abnormal cells that 
have multiplied and formed a 
growth within a milk duct in the 
breast. DCIS is an early form of 
breast cancer that has not spread 
out of the milk duct to invade 
other parts of the breast, 
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma 
(IDC) the cancer cells from in 
the lining of the milk duct then 
break through the ductal wall 
and invade nearby breast tissue. 
The cancer cells may remain 
contained, or spread throughout 
the body, carried by the blood- 
stream or lymphatic system, 
• Invasive Lobular Carcinoma 
(ILC) starts in the milk-pro- 
ducing lobules and then breaks 
through into the surround- 
ing breast tissue. ILC can also 
spread to more distant parts of 
your body, 

Inflammatory Breast Cancer is 
a rare and aggressive type of 
breast cancer. It develops rap- 
idly, making the affected breast 
red, swollen and tender, and can 
easily be confused with having 
a breast infection, 
Recurrent Breast Cancer comes 
back after you have been treat- 
ed. It may recur in the breast or 
in the soft tissue of the chest, or 

in another part of your body. 

Breast cancer symptoms dif- 
fer extensively, while other types of 
breast cancers have no noticeable 
symptoms at all. 

In most women, their first real- 
ization of breast cancer is the discov- 
ery of anything from lumps to skin 
changes of the breast. 

Other symptoms of breast can- 
cer include: 

• A breast lump or thickening 
that feels different from the sur- 
rounding tissue, 

Bloody discharge from the 
nipple or change in the size or 
shape of a breast. 
Changes to the skin over the 
breast, such as dimpling, 

• Inverted nipple, 

Peeling or flaking of the nipple 

Redness or pitting of the skin 
over the breast, like the skin of 
an orange. 

As a precaution, every month 
women should conduct a self-breast 
examination, and if there is any indi- 
cation of a change in the breast, your 
doctor should be contacted. 

At age 40 or older, the United 
States Preventive Services Task 
Force encourages women to start re- 
ceiving mammograms every one to 
two years. 

The American Cancer Society 
also recommended that women 20 
years-old or older should perform 
breast self-examinations monthly. 

Breast self-examinations are 
most effective the first day after a 
woman's menstrual cycle. 

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Be Frank: taking something extra 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 

I am notorious 
for doing stu- 
pid stuff. 
It isn't always 
that I don't think 
all my actions 
through, but rather 
I choose to put more faith in things 
and people than I should. 

Halloween is not typically my 
favorite holiday. Sadly it has lost its 
luster since my childhood days of 
dressing up and taking a pillowcase 
around town. 

But after a ridiculously long 
weekend of working and editing, a 
girlfriend wanted to go out and have 

So we picked up a couple of 
cheap masks at Walmart and headed 
toward the pub. 

The evening turned out to be a 
good fun — drinks with friends while 
wearing silly masks is never a bad 

But afterward, on our way out 

the door, we met some Canadians. 
Cute boys — always the best kind. 
They had made the mistake of com- 
ing out to the pub with the idea of 
taking a taxicab home. 

For those unaware, there are no 
taxis in Natchitoches. In fact, there is 
no form of public transportation. 

Luckily my girlfriend is just as 
naive as I am and decided to take 
them home. 

But all my guy friends who 
heard about it (and especially those 
who were with us) were completely 
irate about the entire ordeal. 

We live in a society where it 
is no longer safe to take a stranger 

My friend and I were fine. Ev- 
eryone got to his or her respectable 
homes without a scratch or inappro- 
priate comment or gesture. 

And then on the way to my 
apartment, my friend looks at me 
and says, "Perhaps that wasn't the 
best idea." 

People take more than they 
should. Everyone is at fault. 

I do it every semester. I have 

this ridiculous thought that because I 
survived the semester previous then 
it is perfectly acceptable to pile up 
more to my workload the following 

But eventually you break. 

Eventually something happens 
that abuses or exasperates the sys- 

Once upon a time ago it was OK 
and encouraged to pick up a strang- 
er, but now you need to worry about 
whether or not he is a mass murder, 
general creeper, rapist or whatever 

Not that long ago, you could 
give a stranger a few bucks to get 
some food and not be concerned 
with the idea of him getting some- 
thing else. 

It is so incredibly hard to be a 
nice person in this world because it 
seems like the majority of people 
just want to take advantage of your 

A friend told me a tale this sum- 
mer of how he was at the laundry 
mat and a fellow asked him for some 
money to put gas in his car. 

My friend responded with 
something about how all he had was 
his bag of quarters, but he would 
gladly accompany the stranger to 
his car and put some gas in it. The 
stranger refused and walked away. 

Then a different fellow came up 
to my friend asking him if he could 
put gas in his car. 

The world is hard enough as it is 
without having to worry about when 
it is OK to be a nice person. 

It is horrible that people need 
to be afraid to ask for a ride, ask for 
directions, ask for a couple bucks for 
gas on a bad day. 

It is even worse when other 
folks take advantage of people's 
overall desire to be a good person. 

Perhaps on Halloween my 
friend and I had a few guardian an- 
gels ensuring we stayed "safe. Per- 
haps some of the ghosts from the 
cemetery tour followed us to the pub 
because we that enchanted and then 
ensured those guys stayed an arms- 
length away. 

Or perhaps we were j ust lucky — 
a little stupid, but lucky. 

Would you like fries with that? 

Paul Randall Adams 

Guest Columnist 

You stand in [ 
an impos- 
sibly long 
line, waiting, cal- 
culating, choosing 
your order. 

You get to 
the register, impa- 
tience written on your face as you 
place your order. It's your lunch 
break, and you're already running 

You state your order, and with 
all the disdain in the world, the ca- 
shier asks: "Would you like fries 
with that?" 

It's a question we're asked all 
the time. Or whether we would like 
a drink. Would we like to make that 
a combo or upgrade to a large for 33 
cents more? 

But has anybody ever asked 

with enthusiasm? Has it ever been 
asked in anything but an angry, dis- 
interested tone? 

Daily people complain about 
the types of job that they are stuck 
in. They can't handle their hours; 
their boss is a jerk. The pay is poor, 
or the customers are rude. The com- 
plaints are endless. 

There are entire websites de- 
voted to telling the world how awful 
jobs are. Jobvent is a website that al- 
lows people to complain about their 
jobs freely and in complete anonym- 

One can log on and see com- 
plaints about job security, manage- 
ment, customers, location and a 
variety of different complaints. The 
members of the website feel free to 
discuss every issue they've ever had 
with their job. 

The world is overloaded with 
people who are miserable at their 
places of business. They can't wait 
to quit Blockbuster; they're counting 

down the days until they can leave 
the Golden Arches behind them. 
They're ready to dethrone the Burg- 
er King. 

But are their jobs really that 


They get a steady paycheck. 
They get to continue to pay bills and 
keep important things in life, such as 
Internet and cell phones. They have 
money to go out with friends or have 
a few drinks. 

Whatever they want, within rea- 

How truly bad can a place that 
offers all that be? 

There are loads of people out 
there who are fighting, vying for 
even the lowest paying jobs they can 
find, simply because they'd like a 

There are people who are daily 
seeking employment, only wishing 
to be accepted so that they can pay 
their bills, support their families. 

People are constantly praying to 

be employed, upset that they are be- 
ing paid unemployment when they 
would truly like to work. 

And yet, those people - those 
hard-working individuals that are 
praying for just one job offer - are 
being booted out of the work force 
by those who take their jobs for 

Sometimes a boss truly deserves 
to be complained about. 

And let's face it, sometimes a 
customer will actually throw things 
at you - I know from experience. 

And there will be the occasion 
that you will have to mop a bath- 
room, take out the trash, alphabetize 
some files, train somebody who will 
be your manager, and a load of other 
seemingly pointless and altogether 
exhausting tasks. 

But then again, you could just 
as easily be one of the millions who 
cannot secure a job. 

Sometimes, it truly is better not 
to look a gift horse in the mouth. 

The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of The Current Sauce or the 
university. All submissions may be edited for clarity and length. Guest columnists must be NSU students, 
but letters to the editor are welcome from anyone. All submissions become property of The Current Sauce. 
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Opinionated Spirits: drink on the rocks 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Columnist 

M jr; 

can leave one ex- 
hausted and with 
a severe hangover. 

This type of 
drinking may be deemed acceptable 
for certain occasions, but it should 
not be used as the sole method of 
consumption for drinkers. 

It's not that one should refrain 
from drinking every day. Drinking 
on a daily basis can be relaxing and 
even productive. 

"When you work hard all day 
with your head and know you must 
work again the next day, what else 
can change your ideas and make 
them run on a different plane like 
whisky?" Ernest Hemmingway said. 

Drinkers must find their own 
level of moderation when drinking. 
It might be one or two glasses of 
wine a night, maybe a six pack after 
a hard day's work, or even a fifth of 
whiskey a day. 

As you can see I am not talking 
about the few beers over the course 
of a week that temperance organiza- 

tions might suggest. A drinker must 
find his own Zen of drinking mod- 
eration that will fit his lifestyle. 

I was recently reading a story 
about a philosophy professor who 
began his class one day by filling 
a jar with small rocks, around two 
inches in diameter. 

When he asked the class if the 
jar was full, they said yes. 

The professor then poured small 
pebbles into the jar which filled up 
the space left between some of the 
rocks. He asked his class again if the 
jar was full and again they agreed. 

Finally, he poured sand into the 
jar to fill in all of the remaining space 
not filled by the rocks and pebbles. 

The professor asked the same 
question to his students who re- 
sponded with the same affirmative 
answer as before. 

Then, when the students thought 
there was nothing else he could pos- 
sibly fit into the jar, the professor 
poured a can of beer into it. 

The liquid effectively filled ev- 
ery space left in the jar. The students 

The professor then began to ex- 
plain the meaning behind his seem- 
ingly humorous demonstration. 

"I want you to recognize that 

this jar represents your life," he said. 

He explained that the rocks are 
a representation of the important 
things in one's life. For example: 
family, spouses, health, children - 
the things that would still make your 
life seem full if you lost everything 

"The pebbles are the other 
things that matter, like your job, 
your house and your car," the pro- 
fessor said. 

The sand represents all of the 
other insignificant things in life. 

"The small stuff," he said. 

"If you put the sand into the 
jar first," he continued, "there is no 
room for the pebbles or the rocks. 
The same goes for your life. If you 
spend all your time and energy on 
the small stuff, you will never have 
room for the things that are impor- 
tant to you." 

The professor explained how 
important it is to take care of the 
most important things in life first 
before you try to take care of the 
smaller, insignificant things. 

If you worry about the small 
things first and fill your jar up with 
sand, then you will have no room 
for the important things that are the 

"Take care of the rocks first, the 
things that really matter. Set your 
priorities. The rest is just sand," he 

After his brief lecture a student 
raised his hand to ask what the beer 
represented in the jar. 

The professor smiled and re- 
sponded, "It just goes to show you 
that no matter how full your life may 
seem, there's always room for a cou- 
ple of beers." 

Drinkers must be able to take 
care of the "rocks" in their lives be- 
fore anything else. Drinking, like 
any other wonderful commodity in 
life, can be a part of one's life, but it 
should not be the only substance that 
fills a drinker's jar. 

The problem that some alcohol- 
ics have is that they believe drinking 
is life instead of seeing it as a won- 
derful part of life. 

It becomes a problem when 
there is no room left in the jar for 
those important things in life. 

By all means, drink daily and 
drink plenty. Go all out and drink in 
excess when the occasion calls for it 
or even when it doesn't. 

Just be sure that no matter what 
drink you choose you leave room for 
the rocks. 

Don't matter: 
'Black or white' 

Amanda Duncil 

Guest Columnist 

It is a shame 
when some- 
one, who 
goes through the 
process to gain 
legal authority to 
perform marriag- 
es outside of the church, refuses to 
marry a couple based on race. 

If the law has no qualms about 
a couple getting married, neither 
should the man who is licensed to 
marry them. 

Civilization has a quirky ten- 
dency to place a great number of re- 
strictions on relationships as to what 
makes a partnership socially accept- 
able. Religion, gender and race are 
still limiting factors that inhibit peo- 
ple from forming potentially won- 
derful relationships. 

Whether a relationship is social- 
ly acceptable has no significance on 
who you fall in love with or who you 
are attracted to, but it can cause com- 
plications with family, etc. When a 
couple decides to look past the so- 
cial stigmas in order to pursue their 
lives together, they shouldn't be met 
with opposition from someone who 
can make their happiness a reality. 

Keith Bardwell, a justice of the 
peace in Tangipahoa Parish, decided 
it was within his power to tell a cou- 
ple they didn't meet his non-interra- 
cial standard and refused to marry 

In his defense, Bardwell argued, 
"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe 
in mixing the races that way." 

Apparently, he hasn't yet fig- 
ured out why only marrying people 
within their race is a racist act. He 
said his reason for not performing 
the marriage was because it would 
harm any children the couple might 

Too bad you don't need to be 
married to have children. On the flip 
side, not all married couples choose 
to have children. Regardless of if 
what Bardwell has to say, that cou- 

ple will still be together. 

To add insult to injury, Bardwell 
also added that, in his opinion, inter- 
racial couples didn't last long. Un- 
fortunately, he didn't include why he 
thinks this way, which means he is 
assuming a stereotype. 

The fight for equality has been 
going on indefinitely, and it doesn't 
seem to be coming any closer to 
an end. Many bloggers refer to 
Bardwell as being "stuck in the 50s," 
but the sad reality is that he repre- 
sents a large group of people who 
still have problems with interracial 

The case of Loving v. Virginia 
in 1967 set the record straight and 
deemed it unconstitutional to refuse 
marriage licenses to interracial cou- 
ples. I suppose Bardwell didn't get 
the memo. 

Whatever the reason for the op- 
position, it is ridiculous that people 
should place limits on happiness be- 
cause of skin color or ethnicity. It's 
not a pleasant feeling to walk down 
the street with your significant other 
and receive stares or rude comments 
because they are of a different eth- 

And people do stare. They are 
rude. But they're also ignorant. 

As for interracial relationships 
not lasting as long, Bardwell obvi- 
ously hasn't seen the statistics con- 
cerning divorce recently. Maybe it 
would change his mind to see that 
divorce rates are actually higher in 
same race couples as opposed to in- 
terracial ones. Even more outstand- 
ing: the main aspects that factored 
into divorce were age, religion and 

So why the big fuss over race? 

In her diary, Anne Frank wrote, 
"We all live with the objective of be- 
ing happy; our lives are all different 
and yet the same." 

We're programmed to aspire to 
happiness, and in that sense we are 
the same. We should let people live 
their lives without oppression. When 
it comes to love between humans, 
there should be no limitations. 

Half the Battle: 
Hunting Season 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in Chief 



t's my favorite 
hunting sea- 
son right now. 
McRib season 
at McDonald's? 
You bet your bot- 
tom dollar I'll be 

I'm not proud of this addiction. 
Not by any stretch, my friends. It's 
painful. I eat this sandwich sent to us 
from the Almighty Himself, and 15 
minutes later I regret my conception. 

It's regional, too. The McRib is 
only offered in places where spend- 
ing $10,000 in the month on danger- 
ous, fast food barbecue is acceptable. 
It's not offered in, say. Philadelphia. 

You see, I think the cheese steak 
moguls of Philly all came together 
and said something along the lines 
of "McRib? What the hell is that? 
What's it made from? It doesn't mat- 
ter; we don't want anything more ad- 
dictive than crack sold in Philly! We 
ow n this town!" 

So, Philadelphia said, "No 
thanks," to the most addictive sub- 
stance on the planet. 

I don't know what the McRib is 
made of. I've never tasted that kind 
of meat in my life, and I've eaten elk 
and raccoon. 

Whatever it is, though, I hope 
that animal never goes extinct. 

Maybe that's it. Maybe that's 
why the McRib comes around only 
once a year. Maybe there's some rare 
animal the McDonald's company 
has in it's own laboratories that they 
have to clone and breed in order to 
get enough meat for the next year. 


The fast food chain also got 
done with my other favorite time of 
year: Monopoly season. I don't ever 
expect to win, but I like winning 50 
small drinks in a one-month span. 

Good God, Monopoly (the 
board game, not the McDonald's 
version) is addicting. I'm playing it 
online right now, so you're actually 
reading this column about two hours 
after I finished it. 

My God, that little car is awe- 
some to ride around in. My fiancee 
never plays as the iron or the thim- 
ble, and I don't have a potential sex- 
ist punch line, so on to the next joke. 

Playing Monopoly should be a 
psychiatric test for temperament. Do 
you want to know just how angry 
your children are? Then it's time for 
family game night. While you're at 
it, grab a few McRibs for the kids. 

That way they'll feel too bad to 
kill each other when Boardwalk and 
Park Place bankrupt someone. 

Andy Bullard 

wbullardOO 1 @student. 
Sports Editor 
November 4, 2009 


Lady Demons soccer left 
on outside looking in 

Robert Weeks 

Sauce Reporter 

The Lady Demons' post-season 
opportunity came to an end 
Sunday, despite having won 
1-0 over Sam Houston. 

McNeese clinched the final spot 
in the tournament by defeating Nich- 
ols 1-0 with one conference game re- 
maining against Southeastern. 

Melodie Johnston scored the 
game winner in the 74* minute, 
receiving an assist from Marrissa 

The Demons also recorded their 
10 th shutout of the season as Strahan 
recorded six saves on the day play- 
ing the full 90 minutes. 

"We played a little frustrated in 
the first half trying to find space on 
the field," 1 l*-year head coach Jim- 
my Mitchell said. "We settled down 
in the second half and made some 
adjustments to create chances, and 
Melodie took advantage." 

NSU finishes off the season 
with a record of 11-9, 4-5 in confer- 
ence, finishing seventh. 

The Lady Demons are losing 
seven seniors after this season, but 
have a great group of young play- 
ers eager to make their mark starting 
next season. 

"We are proud of our seniors 
and we are sorry to be losing them," 
Mitchell said. "I know our younger 
players will step up and fill a big 
void and we are looking forward to 
that. We will continue to work, try- 
ing to improve to have a better turn- 

Even with NSU not entering 
post-season play, the Lady Demon 
Soccer Complex will play host to the 
Southland Conference tournament 
Thursday, Friday (games starting at 
4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and the cham- 
pionship match on Sunday at 1 p.m. 

Athletic Director Greg Burke 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Rachael O'Steen moving the ball down the field in the Lady 
Demons' 1-0 victory over Sam Houston State. 

sees this as an opportunity to provide 
a boost to the local economy, as over 
1,000 people will be visiting Natchi- 
toches over a five-day span. 

"NSU Athletics has an im- 
portant role to fill in providing en- 
tertainment and attractions in our 
community and area. We have the 
opportunity to help boost the local 
and regional economy by hosting 
more and more events," he said. 

"We receive great support 
throughout the year from many local 
businesses and feel it's our respon- 
sibility to provide every opportunity 

to bring visitors to Natchitoches," 
said Burke. 

The first four games of the tour- 
nament will be broadcasted free of 
charge via the Southland Conference 

The championship match will 
be televised on the Southland Con- 
ference Television network. 

For more information on the 
Southland Conference tournament 
please visit 
and click on the SLC Champion- 
ships icon on the upper right hand of 
the home page. 

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NSU adds five to 
AU-SLC soccer roster 

Courtesy of Sports Info: 

Five Northwestern State soc- 
cer players including se- 
niors Chelsea Brozgold and 
Chelsey Gibbs garnered post- 
season honors Tuesday on the 2009 
All-Southland Conference team. 

The Lady Demons (11-9 over- 
all, 4-5 and tied for sixth in the SLC) 
finished their season last weekend 
with a 1-0 win at Sam Houston State. 

Brozgold and Gibbs were voted 
to the All-Southland Conference 
second team while teammates Lindy 
Strahan, Sarah Sadler and Rachel 
O'Steen received honorable mention 

The conference office an- 
nounced the honors Tuesday after 
sports information directors and the 
league's head coaches voted on the 
postseason awards. 

Brozgold, a senior defender 
from Arlington, Texas, wrapped up 
her career as a Lady Demon with 
back-to-back second team honors 
after receiving the same honor her 
junior season. 

She started all 20 games for 

NSU, playing 1,688 minutes, second 
only to Strahan. Brozgold helped the 
Lady Demons post 10 shutouts in 
their 1 1 wins. 

Gibbs earned the honor after 
leading the Lady Demons in goals 
(9), points (20), shots (56), shots on 
goal (29), and game-winning goals 

The San Antonio native started 
every game this season for the Lady 
Demons, helping the Lady Demons 
outscore their opponents 36-21. 

Gibbs' nine goals ranks tied for 
third in the Southland Conference. 

Sophomore midfielder Rachel 
O'Steen received honorable mention 
for the second time after leading the 
team in assists with nine. 

Her nine assists ranks her tied 
for second in the SLC, just one be- 
hind Southeastern Louisiana's Nata- 
lie Santana. 

Junior forward Sarah Sadler 
scored four goals during the 2009 
campaign to go along with one assist 
for nine points. 

She attempted 27 shots, seven 
of which were on goal for the Cop- 
pell, Texas, native. 

Senior goalkeeper Lindy Stra- 
han gleaned honorable mention after 
earning 2008 All-SLC honors. 

The Georgetown, Texas, native 
led the team in minutes with 1,725, 
starting all 20 games for the ladies in 
purple and white. 

Strahan collected 89 saves on 
236 shots faced, posting a 1 .04 goal- 
per-game average. 

In the 1 1 wins for NSU, she al- 
lowed no goals with seven shutouts. 

Texas State head coach Kat 
Conner and forward Brittney Curry 
were named Conference Coach of 
the Year and Player of the Year, re- 

The Bobcats finished their sec- 
ond straight season undefeated in 
conference play. 

Stephen F. Austin's Kylie Louw 
earned Freshman of the Year hon- 

While, teammate Jordan King 
garnered Newcomer of the Year on 
their way to help the Ladyjacks to 
the No. 3 seed in the Southland Con- 
ference Tournament. 

Which begins Thursday at 4:30 
at the Lady Demon Soccer Complex. 

Dynomite: Then there were two 


Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

i t h 
o f 
the football 
season behind 
us, two teams 
remain un- 
Though they 
have had some 
tough games, the New Orleans 
Saints and the Indianapolis Colts are 
still unbeaten in the NFL. 

It's not a surprise that the Colts 
have an impressive record despite 
the change in the coaching person- 

The Colts are currently on a 16 
game winning streak and from the 
looks of it, they will be one of four 
teams to ever win 17 consecutive 
regular season games. 

The Colts have the Texans at 
home next week and depending on 
which version of the Texans show 
up, it will be a cakewalk for the 

On offense, every key player 

from the Super Bowl winning team 
is there minus Marvin Harrison. 

This also goes for the defensive 
side of the ball. Everyone is back 
except for Jason David, which is a 
bonus for the Colts. For the reasons 
mentioned, I'm not going to give 
much insight as to why the Colts are 
good because it's obvious. 

On to the second unbeaten 
team, and all I have to say is: "Who 
dat, Who dat, Who dat said they gon' 
beat them Saints?" 

Well, seven teams have said 
they were going to beat them but 
weren't able to do the deed. 

That's because, and this may 
come to a surprise to everyone that 
is not apart of the Who Dat nation, 
but this is a different team than any 
other Saints team. 

I know that people may think 
that the old Saints will come back 
and they will begin to show that the 
winning was temporary. 

It's different this time around. 
Everyone has gotten better over 
the past two years and the addition 
of defensive coordinator Greg Wil- 
liams has made the defensive play- 
ers all psychos. 

The Saints are currently ranked 
15 in total defense. The secondary 
has always been a touchy issue for 
the team, but now that's not a prob- 

The Saints lead the league in in- 
terceptions with 16. 

33-year-old Saints safety Dar- 
ren Shaper leads the team and is tied 
in first with seven. 

The offensive side of the ball is 
more than stellar. Jeremy Shockey is 
healthy, Drew Brees is once again on 
a record-setting pace, Pierre Thomas 
is running with an attitude and Reg- 
gie Bush is, well he's coming along. 

The Saints have all the ingredi- 
ents to extend their win streak next 

Actually, I don't see them losing 
in the near future. 

Their next three games are 
against the Panthers, the Rams and 
the Bucs. 

All three are NFC teams that are 
under .500. 

The Panthers can possibly give 
the Saints some trouble, but the game 
is being played in the Super Dome 
and that is one place the Saints will 
not lose. 


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Sports Editor 
November 4, 2009 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

Despite a record-tying game 
from quarterback Paul Har- 
ris, the NSU Demons Foot- 
ball team found more tricks 
than treats in the 34-30 loss to Sam 
Houston State on Halloween night. 

Paul Harris made a bunch of big 
plays on his way to tying the school 
record for passing touchdowns in a 
game with four. 

The plays that he won't soon 
forget are his only two mistakes of 
the night. 

On 3 rd and 11 he was fighting 
for first down yardage and fumbled 
the ball on the Sam Houston 35- 
yard line with 3:19 remaining in the 

Then with 1:30 left in the game, 
he threw his only interception of the 
game, sealing the game for the Bear- 

"Bless his heart, Paul made a 
fantastic play to fight for that first 
down, and just got hit from behind 
and had it knocked loose. That was a 
huge play, losing the ball there going 
in to score," Head Coach Bradley 
Dale Peveto said. 

Harris finished the game with 
407 of the Demons 435 total yards in 

Northwestern State Passing 

Sam Houston State Passing 






13/31263 4 



20/31 332 2 

Northwestern State Rushing 

Sam Houston State Rushing 






22 144 



22 89 1 



7 24 



7 71 1 


Northwestern State Receiving 

Sam Houston State Receiving 






3 88 1 



7 147 2 


Aldredge 3 66 2 



6 87 


the game. 

Harris was 13 of 31 with 263 
yards passing and four touchdowns 
with only one interception. 

He also led the team in rushing 
with 22 carries for 144 yards. 

The 435 yards of total offense is 
a season high for the Demons. 

Wide receiver Adrian Reese led 
all receivers with three catches for 
88 yards and a score. 

The touchdown was from 19 
yards toward the end of the first 

Tight end Justin Aldredge also 
had a big game receiving. Aldredge 
had three catches for 66 yards and 
two touchdowns. 

The two scores were from 20 
and 32 yards out. 

Running back William Griffin 
had the other receiving touchdown 

Bs'in With the Bull: Its Getting Better 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 


een is 
a special time of 

It's the 
only time of 
year as a 22-year 
old person I can 
dress up and go beg for candy, along 
with the other 75-gazillion kids that 
are doing the same thing. 

Now usually the week before 
Halloween, I like to go somewhere 
and test out my costume for the next 
week of parties, just to make sure 
that it fits and all that jazz. 

Well, apparently I'm not the 
only one that does that. 

It seems to me that the NSU De- 
mons football team does the same 

And this year they decided to 
dress up as an actual decent football 


They even gave their costume 
a little test drive against Texas State 
only losing 20- 1 7. 

They then showed that the cos- 
tume they chose was ready for Hal- 
loween as they only lost to Sam 
Houston, 34-30. 

These past two games the De- 
mons have played, and I haven't 
lowered my head in shame. 

They played really well in both 
games. I'll even go as far to say they 
should have won both games. 

This is very exciting to me, be- 
cause I honestly want the football 
team to do well. 

Also, I feel like this new cos- 
tume the football team has put on is 
one that will be on for a while. 

Now, this doesn't mean I think 
the football team is going to win out 
and dominate everyone for the rest 
of the season, but I do feel we will 
play better than we have and finally 
get our first win on the board. 

The main reason I feel the team 

is playing better is because of Paul 

This kid has been HUGE in 
both games he has started, and might 
I mention he is just a freshman. 

In his two games he has gone 
23-47 for 380 yards passing and four 

He also has 44 carries for 262 
rushing yards and one touchdown. 
Those are Tebow-ish numbers. 

Just watching the offense on the 
field behind Harris, they look like a 
completely different team. 

They have more energy and 
seem to be able to move the ball bet- 

Just to put it simply, with Harris 
in as quarterback I now feel that the 
team has a chance to win. 

That's really all we ask for as 
fans, just the chance. 

Just the chance that we might 
come out victorious with Harris as 
quarterback, we have that glimmer 
of hope, and at this point in time we 
will take all the hope we can get. 

Schedule of Sporting event for November 

Thu, Nov 5 




Sat, Nov 07 


North Texas Invitational 

at Denton, TX 

Sat, Nov 7 




Sat, Nov 7 




Mon, Nov 9 




Thu, Nov 12 




Fri, Nov 13 




Fri, Nov 13 




Sat, Nov 14 


NCAA Regional Championships 

at Waco, TX 

Sat, Nov 14 


Nicholls * 

at Thibodaux 

Sat, Nov 14 




Tue, Nov 17 



at Baton Rouge 

Thu, Nov 19 


Texas Tech 

at Lubbock, TX 

Fri, Nov 20 




Fri, Nov 20 



Sat, Nov 21 




Sat, Nov 21 



Sun, Nov 22 



Mon, Nov 23 


NCAA Championships 

at Terre Haute, IN 

Tue, Nov 24 




Tue, Nov 24 




Fri, Nov 27 


NC State 

Sat, Nov 28 



at Bloomington, IN 

Sat, Nov 28 


Vanderbilt/Austin Peay 

Mon, Nov 30 



at Shreveport 

from eight yards out in late in the 
third quarter. 

Griffin also added 24 yards on 
the ground for the Demons. 

"Our guys left it all on the field. 
We gave an awesome effort, but we 
didn't do a good enough job on both 
sides of the ball," Peveto said. "We 
had a chance to go up two scores in 
the middle of the fourth quarter and 
didn't convert, stalled out in their 

end (at the SHSU 25) and wound 
up having a bad snap foul up a field 
goal. If we get up two scores, we 

Despite having a good offensive 
game, the defense had a less than 
stellar game. 

The "Purple Swarm" defense 
gave up 520 total yards to Sam 

The Bearkats quarterback Blake 

Joseph torched the Demons through 
the air. 

Joseph was 20-31 with 332 
passing yards and two touchdowns. 
Joseph also had 71 yards on the 
ground and a score. 

The rushing touchdown came 
on a 65-yard rushing touchdown. 

"This was a team loss. When 
the defense would get a stop late, the 
offense didn't answer," Peveto said. 
"And when the offense put points 
on the board, the defense didn't stop 

If we could have put two scores 
back to back, again, we win the 
game. Sam Houston has a tremen- 
dous quarterback, a big-time receiv- 
er and they made the plays to win." 

This loss moves the Demons' 
record to 0-8 overall and 0-4 in the 
Southland Conference. 

NSU now looks forward for the 
Southeastern Lions to travel from 
Hammond, La. to the unfriendly 
confines of Turpin Stadium this Sat- 

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. 

Also, this game is set to be an 
orange out. 

That means that everyone that 
comes to the game needs to wear an 
orange shirt to help support the foot- 
ball team. 

emons vs. Southeast 


Tough volleyball 
season gets tougher 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

The Lady Demons were 
looking to grab its sec- 
ond Southland Confer- 
ence game this Friday and Saturday 
against Nicholls State and South- 

However, NSU's second SLC 
victory will have to wait. 

On Friday, the Lady Demons 
fell to the Lady Colonels of Nicholls 
State in straight sets 25-22, 25-21 
and 25-22. 

In the match, the Lady Demons 
only managed a .096 hitting percent- 
age, despite the fact the Yelena En- 
were and Laranda Spann had good 
hitting nights with 12 and 11 kills 


Megan Manning led NSU in 
digs with 15, while Megan Dockery 
had 32 assists- a team high. 

This loss moves NSU three and 
a half games behind Nicholls for the 
coveted eighth spot in the SLC post- 
season tournament. 

After the game in Thibodaux, 
the Lady Demons traveled to Ham- 
mond to take on the Southeastern 
Louisiana Lady Lions and the out- 
come wasn't much different. 

NSU was able to push it to five 
sets before losing three sets to two 
by the scores of 23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 
25-27 and 15-4. 

Enwere, like she has done for 
most of the season, led the team in 
kills with 13. 

Spann also added double-digit 
kills with 10. 

Zanny Castillo led the team in 
digs with 23, while Megan Dockery 
and Megan Manning both had 11. 
Dockery also added a team high 23 

These two losses lowers the 
Lady Demons record to 2-18 overall 
and 1-11 in the SLC. 

If the Lady Demons hope to 
make their way into the postseason 
tournament, they are going to have 
to pull out some victories as they go 
on a four game home stand. 

They start with Stephen F. Aus- 
tin tomorrow night at Prather Coli- 
seum at seven. 

They then play host to McNeese 
State on Saturday. 


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College Democrats create health care awareness 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Tori Ladd 

Life Editor 

About 50 NSU students and 
faculty attended the Health 
Care Action Meeting, which 
was held yesterday by the College 

The purpose of the meeting was 
to gain support for and inform others 
about the President Barack Obama's 
proposed health care reform, said 
Mathew Morrison, the president of 
College Democrats. 

Morrison said he believed the 
organization achieved that goal. 

"I'm very pleased with the turn- 
out and happy with the interaction of 
the crowd," Morrison said. 

Held in Morrison Hall, the in- 
formational featured two speakers 
associated with the non-profit orga- 
nizations Change That Works and 
Organize for America. 

Dana Peterson, from Change 
That Works, spoke first and ex- 
plained the purpose of his group is 
to help and organize people who sup- 
port Obama's mission - and in this 
case, the president's health care plan. 

Peterson said it is important for 
the supporters of the president to re- 
member that the election of Obama 
was "just an opportunity for change" 
and is only the beginning. 

He said the next step is for sup- 
porters to assist Obama through their 

"It's up to us to motivate oth- 
ers," Peterson said. 

"If you are for the president, you 
are his troops." 

He said he felt this is probably 
the most significant piece of legisla- 
tion the nation has dealt with in at 
least a generation. 

Therefore, those in favor of the 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 
Terence Vinson, an academic advisor at NSU, speaks to the audience present at the Health Care Action Meeting 
about ways in which they can show their support for President Obama's reform plan. 

proposed plan should help by calling 
their state senator, Peterson said. 

The second speaker, Terence 
Vinson essentially reiterated the 
words of Peterson. 

Vinson, who is associated with 
Organize for America and is a NSU 
academic advisor, said he hopes stu- 
dents do not view the issue in terms 
of whether you are an Obama fan, 
but instead in terms of whether you 
think all people deserve the right to 
health coverage. 

In order to prove to the Senate - 

Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu 
in particular - that Louisianans have 
an invested interest in the passing of 
the legislation, Vinson said Organize 
for America is setting up a phone- 
chain system. 

The system will consist of par- 
ticipants calling or text messaging 
people they know and asking them 
to contact Landrieu and asking her 
to vote "yes" for the health care re- 

Then, those who are contacted 
will hopefully turn around and con- 

tinue the chain with people they 
know, Vinson explained. 

"Now is crunch time," Vinson 


After they finished speaking, 
both Peterson and Vinson welcomed 
and answered the audience's ques- 
tions concerning Obama's plan. 

"This is not something wc want 
you to support blindly," Vinson said 
to the audience. 

"We want you to read into this 
and ask questions." 

Some of the questions asked re- 

lated to how the reform plan would 
affect doctors, the medical field and 
private insurance companies. 

Other students asked how wom- 
en would be affected by the plan, in 
terms of abortion rights and birth 
control options. 

Although there were some ques- 
tions they did not know the exact 
answer for, Peterson and Vinson an- 
swered the questions to the best of 
their ability. 

Whitney Duhon, a freshman 
psychology major, said she is un- 
decided about whether she supports 
Obama's plan, and attended the 
meeting to find out more about it. 

"I feel like I should be more 
involved, but first I should find out 
more about the subject," Duhon said. 

Similar to Duhon reasoning, 
Shanice Major said she attended 
because she has not had the time to 
do proper research on the legislation 
and wanted to learn more. 

"I was looking for a brief syn- 
opsis," said Major, a senior liberal 
arts major. 

"I just haven't had the opportu- 
nity to look into the issue, and I fig- 
ured this would be a good place to 
get the main points." 

Major added that she was im- 
pressed that Peterson and Vinson did 
not shy away from some of the more 
negative or controversial issues sur- 
rounding the piece of legislation. 

Before attending the informa- 
tional, Major said she was undecided 
on how she felt about the bill. 

After hearing what the speakers 
had to say, she said she still is not 
certain on how she feels, but added 
that she is now leaning more in favor 
of the plan. 

Morrison, president of the Col- 
lege Democrats, said their next big 
event will be in the spring and con- 
sist of a joint community service 
project with the College Republi- 

Community members march for equality 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in chief 

"We love Natchitoches just like 
you do." 

These were the words of Robert 
Jackson, Sr., who spoke them to the 
Natchitoches city council on Mon- 

Jackson, along with about 75 
others, had marched from the First 
Baptist Church on Amulet St. to the 
Natchitoches Art Center on Second 
St. for the city council meeting. 
Their march was in protest to the 
injustices the people felt had been 
committed on them. 

"We're here to address a lack of 
diversity in city government." Jack- 
son said. 

He also spoke of partiality 
shown by the city council and the 
lack of funding spent on west Natchi- 
toches as reasons for the march. 

Those gathered carried signs 
that read, "Enough is enough," "Re- 
spect" and "Help our children!" 
Those not carrying signs were chant- 
ing phrases like "We will not stop!" 
and "No justice, no peace!" 

Pat Ward Hoover, an organizer 
of the event, said that this is only the 
beginning. "No longer are we going 
to sit back. We will not stop." 

At the council meeting, Jackson 
spoke in front of the protestors, the 

city government and other regular 
attendees of council meetings. Jack- 
son opened his speech with, "This is 
a typical example of how democracy 
works in America." 

"We have our own wall," Jack- 
son continued, referring to the an- 
niversary of the tearing down of the 
Berlin Wall. 

He spoke of a community divid- 
ed and underrepresented in the city 

He listed the community's 
grievances and even suggested that 
the ethics board be called in to inves- 
tigate the council. 

Among the attendees of the pro- 
testing ground were Ernest Johnson, 
president of the Louisiana NAACP 
and Tony Brown, an Alexandria ra- 
dio personality. 

After Jackson's speech to the 
city council, the protest group got 
up and left the Arts Center, causing 
some confusion among the city gov- 

"We've got problems," said Syl- 
via Morrow, a city councilwoman. 
"But they've got to be addressed the 
right way." 

Many were concerned that be- 
cause the protestors left, the discus- 
sion went with them. 

One of the biggest issues lead- 
ing up to the protest was the "Uncle 
Jack" controversy. 

Photo by Bethany Frank/The Current Sauce 
These protestors marched from Amulet St. to Second St. to petition their city government for changes. 

"Uncle Jack," also known as 
the "Good Darky," is one of the first 
known statues of a black man in the 
United States. 

It originally resided in Natchi- 
toches but was moved during the 
height of the civil rights movement. 

The city of Natchitoches sent 
a request to LSU to have it moved 
back, but were denied the transfer. 

However, a miscommunication 
in the Natchitoches community led 
people to believe the city wanted the 
statue back on Front Street, where it 

was originally located. 

Mayor Wayne McCullen of 
Natchitoches said that was not the 
case at all. "We wanted the statue 
to be the cornerstone of an African- 
American museum we're working 
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Landry named 
of libraries 

Shelita Dalton 

Staff Reporter 

Along with new hours of opera- 
tion and budget cuts, the NSU 
libraries have undergone oth- 
er changes. 

Abbie Landry has been named 
the new director of libraries at NSU 
including the Natchitoches, Shreve- 
port and Leesville campuses. 

Landry has been a faculty mem- 
ber in the Watson Library since 
1981. She was put into place to 
fill the position of the late Fleming 

Although Landry is satisfied 
with her new position, she says she 
would have liked to get it for differ- 
ent reasons. 

"I would have much preferred 
to have gotten this job knowing 
[Thomas] had gone to a very happy 
retirement, was still in town where I 
could pick up the phone or call and 
ask questions," she said. 

"That's the hard part, but on 
the other hand I know he very much 
wanted me to be director; he told me 
a number of times." 

Landry said knowing that Thomas 
wanted her to take his place made 
the transition easier to deal with. 

In order to keep some of the 
burden off of the shrunken bud- 
get, Landry was not required to go 
through the normal selection pro- 

"Doing a national search costs 
a lot of money, and I'm very grate- 
ful that the university administration 
felt enough confidence in my abili- 
ties that they felt like they would 
just save the money because they 
believed I would do a good job," 
Landry said. 

Because of her new job as di- 
rector of libraries, Landry has ex- 
perienced many changes includ- 
ing longer work hours and a busier 

She said that, in the past, she 
was able to choose which events she 
attended. However, she now makes 
every effort to be present at func- 
tions that are appropriate for the li- 
brary to be represented. 

Landry says she has plans to 
make changes to the library. The 
budget cuts, however, have made it 
difficult, she said. 

"A lot of the things I would have 
liked to have done are going to have 
to wait until better budget times," 
she said. 

On the other hand, there are 
some services the library is currently 
in the process of implementing, in- 
cluding research consultation. 

She says it's not necessarily a 
new service, however, they are be- 
ginning to really push it to the fore- 

"A lot of students need more 
than just coming to the reference 
desk and a quick 'where do I find' or 
'how do I do,'" she said. 

"So, I really want to get the word 
out to students that they can make 
appointments with the librarian, and 
we will sit down with them and go 
over their research with them." 

Landry said even with the 
changes brought on by budget cuts, 
students should still be reassured. 

She added, "We really want 
students to understand, in spite of 
everything, the library is here and 
we're functioning and we're func- 
tioning on a very high level, all 
things considered." 

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Ranger Challenge team improves drastically in Benning 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff' Reporter 

The camouflaged cadet makes 
his way up a 30 ft. climb 
to reach a pole barely wide 
enough to walk on. 

He then dashes across the pole 
to the other end and climbs onto a 
rope. He uses the rest of his energy 
to slide to the middle of the rope to 
touch a sign displaying his ultimate 
challenge and motivation, "Ranger." 

His sweat soaked hands release 
the grip on the rope as he plunges 
into the water below. 

The ROTC cadets of NSU over- 
came such a challenge at this year's 
Ranger Challenge at Fort Benning, 
Ga., but it was only one of many 
challenges they faced and accom- 
plished as a team. 

Cadets JuJuan Broussard, Jo- 
seph Gauthier, Brett Guse, Adam 
Hanna, Bradley Hubbs, Fulton John- 
son, Michael Marks, David Upton, 
Louis Weldon and Lovell Willis 
comprised this year's Ranger Chal- 
lenge team. 

After finishing essentially dead 
last at the competition a year ago, the 
team made it a specific goal to make 
a significant improvement to ensure 
they bring a level of pride to their 
battalion and university. 

Although they were far from 
finishing first, Master Sgt. Graham, 
the Demon Battalion's senior mili- 
tary instructor, said the team was 
successful in achieving their primary 

The team finished 27 out of 42 
teams and was only about a mere 
five points away from jumping up 
another five spots. The team placed 
higher than much larger programs, 
including teams from Mississippi 

State University and the University 
of Southern Mississippi, he said. 

Graham helped prepare the ca- 
dets from the beginning. 

"We started training the first day 
back to school." Graham said. 

The team drove all the way to 
Georgia to compete from Oct. 22 to 
26 and was one of the furthest com- 
peting teams. Once they arrived, the 
cadets' first task was a physical fit- 
ness test beginning at 4 a.m. Friday. 
This test involved push-ups, sit-ups 
and a two mile run. Once they com- 
pleted the initial PT test, the teams 
began the competition. 

Cadets competed in events 
that reflected much of the same ar- 
eas used in Ranger training, which 
is an advanced infantry school for 
the military. It was even the same 
for Graham who completed Ranger 
training in 1995. 

His experience proved useful in 
helping train the new team for the 
competition, and they started build- 
ing up their physical abilities and 
leadership from day one. The team 
was the best of the best of the ROTC 
program at NSU, Graham said. 

"They were representing not 
just ROTC but the whole universi- 
ty," Graham said. "I'm super proud 
of them." 

Some of the challenges in the 
competition involved climbing a 
large and elevated cargo net and 
ladder, monkey bars over water and 
climbing under barbed wire through 
muddy water. The team also showed 
their marksmanship on the rifle 
range and demonstrated proper dis- 
assembly and assembly of a M-4 

A nighttime land navigation 
course was another challenge that 
tested both the physical and men- 

Submitted photo 

Cadets Upton, Marks, Hanna, Gauthier and Weldon prepare a casualty evacuation. This is one of the many events 
that the NSU Demon Battalion's team was tested on at Ranger Challenge. 

tal abilities of the cadets since they 
were performing with little sleep. 

"The lack of sleep was killer," 
Cadet Fulton Johnson said. "It does 
teach us to think more, rather than 
work more." 

The team was split into three 
groups of three cadets each. They 
began the land navigation course at 
2 a.m. with only two hours of sleep. 
The cadets were carrying load bear- 
ing equipment, or LBE, a compass 
and a red lens flashlight, providing 
minimal light to use for orienteering. 

The combined mental and phys- 
ical stress pushed the team to rely on 
each other in these challenges. 

"You have to push yourself, 
but at the same time it helps to have 
someone there to push you," John- 
son said. 

This was a realization and a re- 
sponsibility of Cadet Lovell Willis, 
the captain of NSU's Ranger Chal- 
lenge team. 

"We didn't train half as long as 
most of the other [universities] com- 
peting," Willis said. 

The team trained five days a 
week to prepare for the amount of 
physical exertion required for such 
challenges. Over the course of the 
weekend, the team had a total of 
around 1 hours of sleep. 

Willis was able to show leader- 
ship by example for one challenge. 

His plunge into the water 
proved an achievement over his per- 
sonal fears. 

"I can't swim," Willis said. "But 
I can't make someone do something 
I can't do." 

The team's final challenge was 
a six mile march carrying a ruck 
sack and LBE, totaling around 30 
lbs of gear. 

Graham said he is excited for 
next year's competition because al- 
most the entire team will be return- 
ing, and they will be setting their 
standards even higher. 

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First official Orange Out: 

Demon spirit floods Turpin 

Tori Ladd 

Life Editor 

Purple and white the tradi- 
tional colors of NSU took a 
back seat this past Saturday 
for a more vibrant shade of orange. 

The NSU Demons fans came 
out and showed Demon spirit in 
orange attire to support the football 
team against Southeastern Louisiana 
University on Saturday. 

Fans that wore orange received 
general admission tickets for $5. 

NSU and Southeastern have 
rivaled each other in football since 

So far NSU has an overall win- 
ning record of 27-25. 

SLU won last year in Ham- 
mond, 26-24. 

For the past three years 7 points 
have decided the games in overtime, 
by 3 and by 2. 

According to the NSU press re- 
lease. Southeastern has not won in 
Natchitoches since 1976, the Lions' 
only victory in eight trips to Turpin 

Orange Out was an on-going 
idea that the NSU Athletics Depart- 
ment marketing staff came up with 
up and put into affect this semester. 

The Student Activities Board 
(SAB) got involved by assisting in 
the promotion of the event along 
with Campus Corner and Demon 
Bookstore . 

The Barnes and Noble book- 
store on campus designed the offi- 
cial Orange Out shirt that was sold 

Photo by Tori Ladd/The Current Sauce 

Students at the Northwestern State University vs. Southeastern Louisiana University game supporting the 
Demons at their first offical "Orange Out" event on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009. 

for $14.99 and came in adult and 
youth sizes. 

Even though Barnes and Noble 
is closed on Saturdays, the shirts 
were available at the bookstore on 
the bottom floor of the Friedman 

Student Union from 10am to 2pm on 
game day. 

In the tailgating zone the shirts 
were being sold underneath the north 
goalposts, on the west side of Turpin 

In addition to bands horror 
show performance and the bright 
splotches orange, the student section 
was festive and attentive. 

Groups of students could be 
seen rooting for the Demon team. 

The NSU Army ROTC Demon 
Battallion was even in attendance in 
their Army Combat Uniform (ACU) 
pants and bright orange shirts that 
read NSU ROTC on the front and 
the ROTC logo on the back. 

The ROTC's primary goal and 
purpose is fire the cannon whenever 
NSU scores a touchdown. 

Other students were out on Sat- 
urday and expressing what they felt 
about the Orange Out game. 

"I think the Orange Out went 
great," senior health and exercise 
science performance major Eddie 
Higginbotham said. 

"It was nice to see how the word 
spread and how much participation 
there was. 

"Anything that helps boost 
school spirit and student/alumni in- 
volvement in athletics is great. 

It is important for fans to under- 
stand what a vital role they play in 
the success of a team through their 
support and encouragement, and I 
think the Orange Out is a great way 
to do this," Higginbotham said. 

Associate Director of Athletics 
William Broussard feels as though 
the orange out concept was a very 
strong idea. 

He also feels that it will gain 
momentum in time. 

It has been proposed that the 
Orange Out may become annual 
football event. 

"I really enjoyed myself at the 
Orange Out," freshman business 
major Aric Jonson said. 

"I can't wait for the next one." 

Intramurals Update: 

Flag football season ends 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in chief 

Tuesday night saw 7 the close 
of the flag football season 
as Hidden Talent stole vic- 
tory out from under the BCM in the 
men's bracket. 

The game was rough on BCM 
from the beginning as they gave up 
a safety to Hidden Talent, who also 
scored on the next drive. 

BCM decided to rely on short 
passes, pushing the ball downfield 
several times but were unable to fol- 
low up with a touchdown. 

Things took a turn for the worse 
as Hidden Talent grabbed an inter- 

However, BCM made a fantas- 
tic play in the next series to bring 
them all the way back downfield. 

While BCM did turn it over on 
downs, they managed to grab a safe- 
ty just before the end of the first half. 

The second half saw a primar- 
ily Hidden Talent dominated field, 
although BCM did manage to scored 
close to the end of the game. 

However, Hidden Talent an- 
swered the touchdown, bringing the 
score up to 27-8. 

At two minutes left in the sec- 
ond half, the game was called as 
Hidden Talent's win. 

The women's bracket and co-ed 
brackets also held their final matches 
on Monday. 

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football scores and upcoming 
intramurals events, visit: 

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French Club 

Sarah Person 

Staff Writer 

Students who love the French 
language can join NSU's French 
Club, which is now an active regis- 
tered student organization on cam- 

Christina Lake, president and 
French minor, had the idea last fall 
to start a group on campus. 

"I saw that there was a Spanish 
club and even Latin cub, so I won- 
dered why French wasn't represent- 
ed since we are in Louisiana," Lake 

She said the process was tedious 
to get the group registered but it was 
a well worth cause. Lake was in- 
volved in her high school's French 
club, but really wanted to get in- 
volved in college since her school's 
involvement was low. 

There have been several ideas to 
enhance group membership: French 
movie nights, French food parties, 
educational lectures, field trips to see 
Cane River Plantation and Festival 
International in Lafayette. 

Lake would like to see a French 
Conversation Table where advanced 
speakers can get together and con- 
verse, and beginners can learn. 

Vice President Kayla Fincher is 
a French major and plans to study 
abroad in the fall. 

" I remember when I was in 
high school, I was like this is so stu- 
pid, this isn't what they are saying; 
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immersion Program and 1 was like it 
is its' own secret language," Fincher 

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Showcasing our campus RSO's 

Becoming better journalists 
through diversity 

Van Erikson 

Sauce Reporter 

The National Association of 
Black Journalists has a commitment 
to excellence in writing and promot- 
ing diversity through unique ways 
throughout the community. 

NABJ is an organization that 
can be opened on any campus that 
has journalism students. 

The chapter here at Northwest- 
ern State University was opened in 

At Northwestern, NABJ has put 
on several diversity forums in an ef- 
fort to link all journalism students 
together regardless of race. 

According to the chapter's pres- 

ident Brain Welch, a junior journal- 
ism major, the main goal is to break 
the barriers that have been set for 
black journalists, and continue to 
strive for unity for everyone. 

"NABJ is important to me be- 
cause it helps me become a better 
writer, while we strive to promote 
diversity among all the students 
here," said Welch. 

The students of NABJ attend 
national conferences in order to 
bring fresh ideas to all of the college 

At these conferences, students 
can compete in different areas in a 
chance to heighten their journalism 

The chapter here at NSU has 

brought back several awards with 
them as well. 

NABJ is also very involved 
within the Journalism Department 
here at NSU. 

Students of this organization 
participate in the Current Sauce, the 
Potpourri, and NSU News. 

Welch said, "It's important for 
us as journalists to sharpen all the 
tools we have, so we can put the best 
story out there, and NABJ is an out- 
let to do exactly that". 

The students of NABJ also par- 
ticipate in community events, such 
as fundraisers. 

All these have been in an effort 
to involve people within the commu- 
nity as well. 

Century of Service Still 
In Full Swing 

Cameron Tillman 

Sauce Reporter 

One hundred years ago the 
original foundation of the Na- 
tional Association for the Ad- 
vancement of Colored People 
sparked college campuses all 
over the nation to join in the ef- 
forts to protect civil rights and 
fight against racial inequality. 

The NAACP's stand on 
NSU's campus for those set mor- 
als and ideals are no different. 

Several times a semester, the 
NAACP holds events such as 
movie nights and open discus- 
sion forums. 

These events are intended to 
leave the organizations members 

and guests enlightened in the area 
of racial equality. 

The popular open forums 
give students a chance to discuss 
controversial topics that are rare- 
ly openly discussed prior to the 
growth of the organization such 
as, fair skin versus dark skin in 
blacks and lack of diversity in the 
separate greek systems of North- 

In recognition of the diversi- 
ty forums success, it was awarded 
NSU 2008-2009 special program 
of the year. 

In light of their accomplish- 
ment the chapter would like to 
improve on the lack of diversity 
of its members. 

The NAACP is open to any 

racial and ethnic background 
willing to join in National mis- 
sion to ensure the political, edu- 
cational, social, and economic 
equality of rights of all persons 
and to eliminate racial hatred and 
racial discrimination. 

"Joining the Nationally rec- 
ognized organization not only 
has its obvious positive influence 
on the campus but can help refine 
leadership skills and heighten 
you ability to work well with 
people", said Senior CIS ma- 
jor, and 2008-2009 president of 
NAACP, Marquis Montgomery. 

Montgomery insists that his 
time as president taught him a lot 
about himself and his abilities as 
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Be Frank: Get down and dirty 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 


ugs, grime 
and gross 
are not 
something found 
in my typical re- 

Not that I 
mind getting "down and dirty," I just 
prefer clean bug-free dirt. 

But I put my girlish tendencies 
aside and joined the Natchitoches 
Historic Foundation during their 
Fall Cemetery Cleaning Day this 
past weekend. 

Saturday was truly beautiful, 
and while the cemetery might not 
have been my original choice in 
spending the morning, I left with a 
few little lessons. 

To dispute a previous debate 
with my roommate, things do get 
wetter when you add more water. 

Before and after we applied the 
D2 (the cleaning chemical), we had 
to drench the grave marker with old- 
fashioned H20. 

Apparently the chemical was 
great to use to get the general grime 
and gross off the markers, but if it 
were to seep into the pores, it could 
lead to premature deterioration. 

(When you are working to preserve 
something, it is usually good to not 
contribute to the deterioration. Tends 
to counteract all the preservation 
work you are doing.) 

So I would take my five-gallon 
bucket of water and pour it over the 
marker and watch the water trickle 
off the sides and soak the ground 
around it. I then took my squirt bot- 
tle of D2, gloves, goggles and scrub 
brush, and got down and dirty with 
the grave marker. 

I would get these markers that 
literally looked like someone spray- 
painted them black, and I was ex- 
pected to go through process a few 
times to make it white again. The en- 
tire time being respectful of the fact 
we were in a cemetery, and we were 
not simply cleaning rocks. 

Let's just say, I definitely dis- 
covered some hardcore balancing 
skills that morning. Apparently it 
isn't good to sit, stand or rest on 
someone's grave marker, they tend 
to not like it. 

So I would go through the 
cleaning process a couple of times 
and would see some improvement, 
but it didn't really look clean. 

At that point the leader guy 
would come up and simply say, 
"Come back in a week. Come back 

in a month. Just wait." 

Patience is something often 
overlooked in today's world. I often 
explain to my friends how it is the 
virtue that skipped me by. We are 
so accustomed to instant satisfac- 
tion that we forget and ignore how 
intoxicating the wait can sometimes 

The wait can be found in a tra- 
ditional Thanksgiving or Christmas 
dinner. It is found in that perfect 
apple pie with handmade crust and 
all the trimmings. It is the tempting 
smell of roasting turkey that fills the 
house and beckons you to the kitch- 
en for the inevitable slap on the hand 
and boot out the door. 

The wait is experienced each 
additional hour at the gym. The 
workout is painful and grueling, and 
you leave sweaty, gross and a little 
sore. But there is always something 
refreshing when you finally step into 
the hot shower and face the beating, 
scalding water. 

The wait is accentuated through- 
out our education. It is in those class- 
es you think you will never use. It is 
in the endless study-dates that seem 
to consume your relationship and 
Facebook status. It is in the feeling 
that trickles up your fingers after you 
finally hit "submit" when finishing 

the 15-page research paper. 

It is all worth it. And it was the 
wait that made it that much more en- 
joyable and pleasurable. 

You don't experience that type 
of stimulation when you get your 
takeout order at McDonald's or Taco 
Bell or Canes. While they each have 
individual forms of satisfaction, they 
don't give you that "ooh-ahh" feel- 
ing when you take a bite. 

Sometimes you need to just step 
back. Work, family, classes and all 
of life's other demands devour you. 
It is easy to get lost in daily habits 
and continuously look for the "quick 
fix" distraction. 

But eventually you realize it 
won't work, and you feel stuck, suf- 
focated and submerged. 

Sometimes you just need to take 
a step back and re-evaluate things. 
Sometimes you just need to figure 
out if you taking a quick fix or work- 
ing on the wait. 

I might not like bugs or gross 
or most things discovered at the 
cemetery, but at the end of the day 
the gross was worth it. It was worth 
wait and the struggle to get the grave 
markers clean. 

At the end of the day, you just 
need to decide if the wait is worth 
getting a little down and dirty. 

Opinionated Spirits: the climb precursors the decent 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Columnist 

When one 
he begins a climb 
up a mountain of 
adventure, and the 
peak of that moun- 
tain is the perfect state of inebria- 

The cost of that climb is the 
journey downhill. 

The type of alcohol that is 
drunk will affect a person's pace to 
the peak as well as his decent. 

There are drinks that make 
people friendly and drinks that make 
people angry. Some drinks help 
spark new ideas and creativity while 
others destroy friendships and repu- 

I discovered such a drink re- 
cently. It is a mix of liquids that does 
bad things to good people. 

The first time I heard of it was 
in a book I was reading called I 
Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, by 
Tucker Max. He mixed Gatorade, 
Red Bull and Everclear together to 
create a drink he called the "Tucker 

Max Death Mix." 

The Death Mix will speed up 
the climb to the peak. 

The climb is the most enjoyable 
part of drinking. It is the period when 
you are the most relaxed, talkative 
and friendly. You begin making new 
friends as you talk up the whole bar, 
and everyone there is starting to like 
you more and more, or so it seems to 
you at least. 

When drinking beer, the climb 
could take hours, but liquor could 
quicken that process. 

Either way, you still feel care 
free as you start flirting with ran- 
dom people and start making your 
way to the dance floor. This is your 
chance to show off dance moves 
you thought embarrassing before. 
There's no room for shyness at this 
point when you're the most likeable 
person of the party. 

Creativity flows wild for some 
drinkers at this point. Alcoholism, 
although a disease for some, is used 
as a tool for new ideas by others. 

Ernest Hemmingway, Edgar Al- 
lan Poe and even world leaders have 
shown greatness while being drunk- 
er than an Irish dockworker. 

Just think of how different 
World War II would have been if 

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston 
Churchill had been sober. It no lon- 
ger surprises me that Adolf Hitler 
was the only teetotaler. 

At that point of comfort and cre- 
ativity, you have reached the peak. 
You have reached the high point of 
the night when you believe nothing 
could go wrong. 

Then you trip, but it's no big 
deal because you're just a little 

Then, you trip again. 

When someone asks you if 
you're OK, your slurred response 
makes you wonder why you're act- 
ing like this. Then you realize it. You 
have begun the decent. 

It's too late to stop it now with 
the alcohol already running through 
your body. All you can hope for is 
that your choice of drink for the 
night will allow your decent to be an 
easy one. 

This is the problem with the 
Death Mix. It cuts the time to the 
peak nearly in half and only wors- 
ens the downward spiral that is about 
to occur. It turns a drunken slur into 
yelling, stumbling into kicking inan- 
imate objects and sex into an impos- 
sible task. 

You become immune to cold 

temperatures, pain and even loud 
noises because you have become 
louder than the music blaring from 
the speakers. 

Those people who thought you 
were funny and cute while you were 
drunk before are now avoiding you, 
and your pick up lines become more 
offensive the more you open your 

The problem with being in a so- 
cial setting while drinking the Death 
Mix is that it does not just effect a 
person's basic motor skills. 

It quite possibly corrupts the 
inner being of a person. It throws 
a drinker's perception of right and 
wrong out the window and gives him 
a BAC that could rival Jesus'. 

The best advice I can give drink- 
ers after learning about this danger- 
ous substance is to stick to what they 
drink best. 

I hope this will serve as a warn- 
ing for a drinker who dares to be 
consumed by the Death Mix. 

Be prepared to lose the fol- 
lowing: motor skills, depth percep- 
tion, clothing, friendships, ability to 
speak, self-respect, sexual perfor- 
mance, religious faith, girlfriends/ 
boyfriends and finally, conscious- 


Curtis Desselles 

Guest Columnist 

ated our folklore 
for many centu- 
ries. Every known 
culture has some 
form of monster in its literature. 

These monsters are mysterious, 
frightening, and hard to kill. The 
U.S. is no different and its monsters 
are created by its own governmental 
system. One such monster is the In- 
ternal Revenue Service (IRS). 

The IRS originated in 1 862 dur- 
ing the Civil War when President 
Lincoln and Congress needed funds 
to pay for the war. 

The income tax was repealed 
ten years later, but in 1894 Congress 
revived the tax. That year the U.S. 
Supreme Court found this tax to be 

That didn't stop the monstrous 
governmental growth, and in 1913 
the 16th Amendment was ratified 
which authorized Congress to enact 
an income tax. Once a government 
finds a new source for revenue, it 
only grows in magnitude. 

Many of you are familiar with 
the saying "We've created a mon- 

The IRS is one such monster 
and cannot be destroyed. 

The IRS is analogous to a tumor. 
It spreads, it grows and it invades. 

The main body of the tumor 
feeds the malignant arms and pro- 
tects them by becoming parts of the 
living organism. 

The arms of the IRS produce 
new professions like accountants, at- 
torneys, tax firms and governmental 
administrative offices. 

Today the IRS cannot be de- 
stroyed because like the Wall Street 
firms, it is too big to fail. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Sta- 
tistics states that there are more than 
639,000 CPAs in the U.S. today. 

Imagine if we killed the IRS 
monster and replaced it with a more 
logical and fair system, a flat tax. 
There would be more than a half 

million unemployed accountants. I 
guess the IRS is too big to fail. 

Let me say that our government 
is not always wrong. It does seem to 
mean well sometimes. 

One case in point is Social Se- 
curity. The Social Security Act was 
drafted by a committee on economic 
security and was passed by Congress 
as part of the New Deal. 

The act was an attempt to guar- 
antee the promises of our fore fa- 
thers to promote the general welfare 
and secure the blessing of liberty to 
all including the aged, the poor, and 
the unemployed. 

President Roosevelt signed the 
act on August 14, 1935 and became 
the first president to advocate the 
protection of the elderly. 

As always a good thing is usu- 
ally too good to be true. Our wise 
politicians started to dip into the till 
and created a welfare system called 
Supplemental Social Security (SSI) 
for those that had not contributed to 
the fund. 

SSI and the Welfare system 
were new monsters that would di- 
lute the U.S. revenues collected and 
today these programs cannot be de- 
stroyed. Louisiana ranks 22nd in the 
nation for the number of families on 
welfare with more than 22,000 fami- 
lies reported. 

I am not without compassion, 
but we need to stop creating these 
governmental monsters. 

These past few months the 
health-care reform debate has be- 
come heated with the American peo- 
ple divided on the issue. 

This weekend, the Congress 
passed a bill that would mandate 
each of us to buy health insurance or 
face a $2500 fine. 

This reminds me of the manda- 
tory automobile insurance law. The 
only ones profiting from these man- 
dates are the insurance companies. 

My generation has seen many 
taxes and monsters created. I would 
like to warn the youth of this coun- 
try to think before allowing another 
monster to be created. 

I would hate for my children to 
pay for the sins of the previous gen- 

Letters to the Editor 

Not-so sacred campus 

To the NSU Current Sauce. 
I am one of the many folk 
who enjoy walking along 
Chaplain's Lake on the beautiful 
NSU campus. 

I was delighted to see the many 
jack-o-lanterns lined along the trail 
for Halloween. I can only imagine 
how wonderful it was to have them 
all aglow in the evenings. 

The choice to dispose of the 

rotting pumpkins by tossing them 
into the Lake raises some questions. 
Surely, this was not an act of vandal- 
ism, for we would have heard about 
it immediately. I wonder if there 
would have been a better way to take 
care of the situation. 

Will the beauty of this part of 
our campus be restored? 

W.P. Morgan-Hall 

Assistant Professor of Theatre 

Voices forced silent 


ear Sir: 

I am writing in response to 
questions about online students pay- 
ing student fees. An article on this 
with a proposal for a referendum 
was on page 1 of the November 4, 
2009 edition of The Current Sauce. 

Fall and Summer 2009, I took 
classroom courses. This semester 
the classes I needed are online only. 

Actually, I would have preferred 
the face-to-face dialogue of a tradi- 
tional classroom course. Regarding 
fees, there is already an extra fee for 
Internet classes. 

I am concerned about the Uni- 

versity, but also about my fees. This 
semester I was only able to afford 
two courses even though I had de- 
sired to take more. 

I do not want the school to go 
broke, but neither do I wish to be 
priced out of schooling by rising 

If there is a referendum, con- 
sider how the online students will be 
allowed to vote. 

If online students cannot vote 
then you would be guilty of "taxa- 
tion without representation," one of 
the evils specified in the Declaration 
of Independence. 

Sincerely, Herbert de Launay 

The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of The Current Sauce 

or the university. All submissions may be edited for clarity and length. 
Guest columnists must be NSU students, but letters to the editor are welcome from anyone. 
All submissions become property of The Current Sauce. 
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Sports Editor 
November 11, 2009 

Lions Mangled Demons 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

The Demon football team got 
the short end of the stick 
once again with a 27-0 shut- 
out, handed to them by Southeastern 
Louisiana University Saturday at 
Turpin Stadium. 

It was the first time since 1975 
that the Lions defeated the Demons 
at Turpin Stadium. 

It was the second shutout this 
year against NSU with the first being 
a 34-0 beat down by Central Arkan- 
sas on Oct. 10. 

NSU struggled offensively from 
the start of the game. The first three 
drives were three-and-outs. 

Southeastern would eventually 
capitalize on the Demons' inability 
to move the ball. 

SLU kicker Jeff Turner knocked 
in a 45-yarder to give the Lions a 3-0 
lead over the Demons. 

SLU didn't take long to push the 
lead to 1 points. 

On the fourth Demon drive, 
a fake punt by Bradley Russo was 
stopped on the 24-yardline, giving 
the Lions great field position. 

Two plays later, Lions' quar- 
terback Brian Babin completed a 
22-yard pass to wide receiver Chris 

The game was all but over un- 
til Babin connected on two passing 
touchdowns right before halftime. 

The first came after NSU true 
freshman Paul Harris was picked off 
by SLU's Re'keem Wilson with 1:25 
left in the half. 

The Lions' offense quickly went 
to the two-minute drill. 

Babin completed two quick 
passes to Merrick Lanaux and Sim 
Yarborough before he found Kory 
Theodore for a 48-yard touchdown 

On the kickoff, NSU true fresh- 

Photo by Bethany Frank/The Current Sauce 
Darrius Duffy (88) takes a screen pass from quarterback Tyler Wolfe for 69-yards downfield in the De- 
mons' 27-0 loss to Southeastern Louisiana this past Saturday. 

man Jamal White was hit hard by 
SLU's Kendrick Jackson, forcing 
a fumble to give the Lions another 
possession before the end of the half. 

SLU once again capitalized on 
the great field position. 

Babin found running back Jas 
Duckworth for a 10-yard screen- 
passing touchdown to push the lead 
to 24-0. 

Late in the third, the Lions 
would score the last points of the 
game. Turner nailed a 36-yard field 

goal to make the lead 27-0. 

"Southeastern is a good team 
and that's why they are number one 
in the conference," senior safety 
Gary Riggs said. "They saw every 
slight bend in our execution and 
capitalized on it." 

The Demons had some higli 
points for the game. 

Senior receiver Darius Duffy 
had a career high game, snagging 1 2 
receptions for 147 yards. 

He was one grab shy of the 

single-game record. Duffy's per- 
formance moved him within three 
catches of the single-season record 
for receptions, which is 47. 

The Demons have two games 
left for the season. 

Next week, the Demons try to 
find a win in Thibodaux, La against 
the Nicholls State Colonels. 

"We play hard and personally, 
we shouldn't' be 0-9," Duffy said. " 
We are just waiting to see the win- 
ning results." 

Around the Horn 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 


The Demon World Series end- 
ed with Team Wolpack coming out 
on top of Team Dirtbags. 

Team Wolfpack won the sec- 
ond and third games of the three 
game series by a combined score of 

The first game ended in a 3-3 
tie. The Demon World Series ends 
the fall practice schedule for the 
NSU baseball team. You can look 
forward to seeing them in action 
this coming spring. 


The Lady Demon Tennis team 
wrapped up their fall schedule of 
events in a series at the University 
of North Texas. 

NSU finished 5-3 in doubles, 
led by juniors Kathrin Lange and 
Bianca Schulz, who finished the 
event with two wins and no losses 
as a team. 

In singles play, Andrea Nedo- 
rostova and Olga Bazhanova, both 
of whom finished singles play win- 
ning two matches and only losing 
one, led the Lady Demons. 

"We will have until January 
to get healthy and compete for a 
Southland Conference champion- 
ship," Head Coach Patric DuBois 
said. "I feel we had a very good 
fall season and improved quite a 
bit. Our conference is as strong 
with depth as it has ever been, but I 
feel our team, if healthy, can com- 
pete for the title." 

Women's Basketball 

The Lady Demons Basketball 
team finished its exhibition against 

Louisiana College with a 75-65 
win. Leading point scorers for NSU 
were Lyndzee Green with 16, Brit- 
tany Houston and Anna Cate Wil- 
liams with 1 1 and Sherrion Thomas 
with 10. 

The Lady Demons had a 
26-point lead that was whittled 
down to 10 with a minute left in the 

"It's a lesson learned," Head 
Coach Jennifer Graf said. "We've 
got to be focused for 40 minutes. 
It doesn't matter if you're down 
by 30 or up by 30. At this level, 
you've got to play hard for 40 min- 

The Lady Demons kick off its 
regular season schedule this Friday 
against Arkansas-Monticello at 
5:45 p.m. 

SLC Soccer 

The Southeastern Louisiana 
University Lady Lions will repre- 
sent the Southland Conference in 
the Women's NCAA Soccer Tour- 

They will face off against the 
Florida State University Lady Sem- 
inoles. The Lady Lions defeated 
the Lady Bobcats in the SLC Tour- 
nament by the score of 2-0. 

SELA also had half of the SLC 
All-Tournament team, including 
MVP goalie Lacey Bockhaus. 

Southland Conference 

The All-Tournament team 
includes: Maiya Cooper, Karly 
Daigys, Kyle Macintosh, Nata- 
lie Santana all from SELA, Brit- 
ney Curry, Kelsey Bernard, Alissa 
Scott, Andrea Grifo all from Texas 
State, Shelby Grisset from Sam 
Houston and Kylie Louw from Ste- 
phen F. Austin. 

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Lady Demons volleyball 
wins third match of season 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

The NSU volleyball team cel- 
ebrated Senior Night this past 
Saturday, and the pregame ex- 
citement for the seniors led to post- 
game celebration for the three sets 
to two upset victory over McNeese 

It's fitting how on Senior Night 
the seniors step up and dominate the 

Yelena Enwere led the Lady 
Demon squad with 17 kills. Megan 
Dockery led the team in digs with 
21, and Luana Henriques picked a 
good time to have a career-high 51 

Laranda Spann for NSU also 
had a career-high in kills with 17 and 
had a team high .433 hitting percent- 
age. While, Taylor Deering posted 
double-digit kills with 10. 

"We got down early," Head 
Coach Brittany Uffelman said. "But 
our girls stepped it up and fought 
their way back, and we got a much 
needed victory." 

The Lady Demons started the 
match off in a 0-2 hole. 

The third set seemed to be going 
the same way until NSU broke a 13- 
1 3 tie, and then went on a 9-3 streak 
to go up 22-16. NSU would go on to 
win the third set 25-21. 

The fourth set for the most part 
was all NSU. 

The Lady Demons opened up 
with a 6-0 lead. 

The closest that the Lady Cow- 
girls would ever get to the Lady De- 
mons was four points. 

NSU would end up ending the 
set by the score of 25-21, pushing 
the match to a fifth and final set. 

NSU started the fifth set off on 
the right foot with a 2-0 lead. 

It would end up being tied at 
3-3 and the Lady Demons went on a 
three-point run to go up 6-3. 

The Lady Cowgirls would fight 
back to tie it at sixes. 

This back-and-forth action 
would continue until the final match 
was tied at 13 apiece. 

Thanks to a MSU service error 
and a Deering kill, the Lady Demons 
went on to finish the upset of the 
Lady Cowgirls by the final score of; 
17-15, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-13. 

The Lady Demons outhit the 
Lady Cowgirls .183 to .139 and fin- 
ished with 72 team digs, only one off 
the season high. 

NSU also had seven blocks for 
the game, with four of them coming 
from Enwere. 

NSU looks to get back in action 
tomorrow night as they play host to 
the Lamar Lady Cardinals at Prather. 
Game time is set for 7 p.m. 

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Bass Fishing Team finishes fourth in region 

David Royal 

News Editor 

To find one of the university's 
most successful sports team, 
you have to venture off dry 


This past weekend, the NSU 
Bass Fishing Team proved once 
again that it is a w orthy contender in 
its region by finishing fourth at the 
National Guard FLW College Fish- 
ing Texas Regional Championship. 

By finishing in the top five, the 
Demons were awarded $8,000 - half 
going to NSU and the other going to 
the bass team - and qualified to com- 
pete in the FLW College Fishing's 
National Championship in Knox- 
ville, Term. 

Jeff Rich and Aaron Sistrunk 
represented NSU over the weekend 
and said they were pleased with their 

"Of course we would've liked 
to have finished first, but we're also 
just happy to be going to nationals," 
said Rich, who is also the team's 

Rich and Sistrunk competed 
with teams representing 17 other 
universities, including Oklahoma 
State University, Louisiana State 
University and the University of 

NSU placed behind Texas 
A&M, Texas State and Tarelton 

Regional champions Texas 
A&M took home $25,000 in cash 

Photo by Jarrett Reeves/ The Current Sauce 
Jeff Rich and Aaron Sistrunk stand in front the fish tank Sunday at the National Guard FLW College Fishing Texas Regional Championship. Rich and 
Sistrunk represented NSU in the tournament and qualified to compete in the national championship in April for $1 million. 

and a 1 77TR Ranger fishing boat - gional championship was a success 

also worth about $25,000. and said Natchitoches was a great 

Kevin Hunt, director of opera- location for the event, 

tions at FLW Outdoors, said the re- "We have a long standing rela- 

tionship with Natchitoches," Hunt 

"It is one of our favorite towns 
to go to." 

Hunt explained that FLW Out- 
doors, which is the largest fish- 
ing tournament organization in the 
world, has held several events in 

Natchitoches before, but this was the 
first ever college regional champion- 
ship and said he was happy the city 
got to host it. 

The regional championship, 
which took place on Sibley Lake, 
consisted of each team of tw o taking 
off from the boat ramp at 7 a.m. and 
weighing their catches later that day 
at the Prather Coliseum parking lot. 

The teams were allowed to 
weigh up to six fish a day, and the 
heaviest total catch w on. 

Rich and Sistrunk, who have 
been fishing together for about a 
year and have finished in the top- 10 
in three tournaments, caught three 
fish weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces 
on the first day; six fish weighing 7 
pounds, 6 ounces on the second day; 
and six fish weighing 8 pounds, 2 
ounces on the final day. 

There was an 8 pound, 5 ounce 
difference between NSU and the 
champions from Texas A&M. 

Rich added that their total 
catches weighed more than what he 
was expecting. 

He said he was only expecting 
about 1 8 pounds worth. 

Rich, Sistrunk and the other five 
members of the NSU Bass Fishing 
Team have competed in seven tour- 
naments since the season began last 
spring and has finished in the top 10 
for many of them. 

Next, the team will be preparing 
for the National Guard FLW College 
Fishing National Championship in 
April, where they will be competing 
for a $1 million prize. 

Campbell encourages H1N1 vaccine 

David Royal 

News Editor 

As of yesterday, NSU Health 
Services has about 50 doses 
of the H1N1 influenza vac- 
cine left, said Stephanie Campbell, 
the department's director. 

Since they started giving the 
vaccine last Tuesday, Campbell and 
her staff have administered the vac- 
cine to about 150 faculty, students 
and community members. 

Campbell added, however, that 
she is a little surprised that the first 
shipment of the vaccine has not yet 
run out. 

She said that the reasons not 
all of the vaccines have been given 
could be because NSU students do 
not realize that they are eligible to 
receive it and because they are un- 
sure if the vaccine is safe. 

Campbell said she wants to em- 
phasize that any students between 
the ages of 16 and 24 are eligible and 
encouraged to receive the vaccine, 
and it is made by the same manu- 
facturer of the seasonal flu vaccine, 
which has a great safety record. 

It is free to receive the vaccina- 
tion and a person must simply pres- 
ent their photo id to the nurse. 

Thus far, the vaccination pro- 
cess has been running smoothly, 
Campbell said. 

NSU Health Services has set up 
a website and a call line to provide 
the people with information about 
the vaccination. 

Campbell explained that the 
health clinic has also been temporar- 
ily rearranged to accommodate the 

Stephanie Campbell, director of NSU Health Services, gives the H1N1 vaccine to a student. 

Courtesy photo 

vaccination process. 

The most noticeable change is 
that the primary waiting area has 
been divided into two sections: one 
side for those who are healthy and 
simply wanting the vaccination and 
the other for those who are ill and 
seeking a nurse's attention. 

Additionally to encourage the 
community to get vaccinated, Camp- 

bell said that everyone who receives 
the vaccine will have their name en- 
tered into a drawing for prizes. 

Although the exact details have 
not yet been determined, Campbell 
said possible prizes may include gas 
cards, gift cards to local restaurants 
or a Barnes and Noble gift cards for 
textbooks or NSU merchandise. 

Campbell said she still has not 

been informed of when the universi- 
ty's second, larger shipment of vac- 
cines will arrive. 

She said she is, however look- 
ing into placing an additional order 
for 1,000 more vaccines from the 

As of yesterday, Campbell said 
she still plans to have a mass vacci- 
nation clinic in early December. 

NSU Physical Plant prepares 
for future projects 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Reporter 

|X| SU's underground electrical 
infrastructure renovation is 
in the final stages, said Chuck 
Bourg, director of physical plant op- 

All the old electrical compo- 
nents have been replaced, and now 
all that is left to do is to remove the 
old system, Bourg said. 

"That's going to be a benefit to 
our campus because the lines have 
been in the ground since the 1930s," 
Bourg said. 

NSU is looking to go up for bids 
on a new three-story student services 
center between January and March. 

It will be built on West Caspari 
Street in conjunction with renovat- 
ing East Caspari. 

"The student services center 
will be a one stop shop area for the 
students," he said. 

A few offices will be moved 
to the centralized location of the 
student serv ices center, such as the 

registrar's office, financial aid, ad- 
missions, recruiting, new student 
programs, cashier's office and pos- 
sibly the One Card office. 

The project will last approxi- 
mately 18 months, Bourg said. It 
will go up for bids next spring and 
possibly be ready to move into by 
fall 2012. 

Bourg said that they hope to 
have the East Caspari building's 
renovations started before the new 
building on West Caspari is com- 
plete. East Caspari will be used as 
an extension of the student center. 

Another near-future project will 
be the replacing of steam lines under 
the older part of the campus where 
the main buildings are located. 

A more efficient heating system 
will be made by upgrading the way 
water is heated, he explained. 

Certain buildings, such as Tur- 
pin stadium and the Health and Hu- 
man Performance building, have in- 
dependent boilers so that the steam 
lines won't have to run across cam- 

Other future projects include: 

-Replacing all campus outdoor iighting with LED fixtures. 
-Installing emergency generators for Iberville Hall, Physical Plant and 
University Place. 
-Campus fiber optics upgrade 

-Renovation of Bossier, Varnado, Foumet, Bienvenu and Sabine Halls. 
-Waterproofing and cleaning of Watson Library, Varnado Hall and the 
Alumni Center 


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NSU Army ROTC cadets listen to stories and share experiences with local veterans during a commerative luncheon held in BCM building on Veterans Day. 

Shelita Dalton 

Staff Reporter 

Veterans Day was celebrated 
all over the country. The 
same proved true for NSU. 
The NSU Army ROTC and the 
Baptist Collegiate Ministry hosted 
a luncheon for local veterans. More 

than 1 00 veterans were in attendance 
at the BCM building. 

The ROTC cadets had the op- 
portunity to share experiences with 
the veterans while they ate and 
served them lunch. 

The guests in attendance were 
appreciative for the event. 

"I think we should probably 

hold more of these reception cer- 
emonies throughout the year, but 
1 am truly honored to be invited to 
speak," said veteran Lloyd Ponder. 

Ponder, who is also a graduate 
of NSU, served during World War II. 

Lt. Col. Kevin McAllister, pro- 
fessor of military science at NSU, 
said that Ponder's speech was one of 

the highlights of the ceremony. 

"I really enjoyed when veteran 
Lloyd Ponder told us about his time 
in World War II. 

He talked about his suffering, 
surviving and persevering as a POW 
(Prisoner of War) under the Japa- 
nese," he said. 

He was serving in the Philippine 

Islands when he was captured. 

Upon his release, he 
was discharged with hon- 
ors from the Army in 1946. 

Ponder said he hoped those that 
heard him speak gained a little histo- 
ry and appreciation for the veterans 
who were put in desperate circum- 

Veteran and Natchitoches local 
Calvin McFerrin also enjoyed the 
event. He said the NSU ROTC was 
very kind to them. 

"They have tooted us veterans' 
horns a bunch today," he said. 

McFerrin serv ed in the Vietnam 
War from 1966-1968. 

He attended the luncheon 
with his father, Milton McFer- 
rin, who served during WWII. 

Calvin McFerrin said it means a 
great deal to take part in a ceremony 
like the one the ROTC put on, with 
his father. He added that there is a 
special bond between the men in his 
family because they are all veterans. 

McAllister said the event was 
not just to show appreciation. 

"It also gave the cadets a chance 
to hear the experiences of the veter- 
ans, and they were able to get a taste 
of how special and important their 
service was to them," he said. 

"As they move toward their ca- 
reers in the military, I want them to 
have an appreciation that being able 
to serve the country is an honor and 
a privilege." 

ROTC cadet and junior com- 
munication major Elisha Ibanga was 
grateful for his opportunity to give 

"They served our country," he 
said. "So, I thought it was good to 
serve them and to do something nice 
for the veterans." 

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State Board of Regents 
approve new programs 




of Higher Education 

Submitted Photo 

Above is the Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana (CALL) Program ofi- 
cial logo. 

Sarah Person 

Staff Reporter 

Students enrolled in Center for 
Adult Learning in Louisiana (CALL) 
have new programs to choose from, 
all of which are online. 

NSU has received approval 
from the State Board of Regents to 
expand course offerings. 

There will be a total of five 
programs offered through CALL. 
Beginning Fall 2010, students can 
choose from Bachelor of Science in 
Addiction Studies, Bachelor of Arts 
in Journalism and RN to BSN (Reg- 
istered Nurse to Bachelor of Science 
in Nursing). 

A Bachelor of Science in Psy- 
chology with a concentration in Sub- 
stance Abuse will be available in the 

spring 201 1 semester. NSU will also 
be a partner in a collaborative effort 
by the University of Louisiana Sys- 
tem to offer a Bachelor of Science 
program in fall 2010. 

Students enrolled in the Bach- 
elor of Science in Addiction Stud- 
ies are provided extensive training 
to become addiction counselors and 
prevention specialists. 

This program was one of the 
first of its kind and focuses on alco- 
holism and drug abuse. The journal- 
ism program prepares students for 
diverse academic careers in mass 

Students are taught the values 
and attitudes that are expected with 
professional journalism. 

Finally, the RN to BSN program 
assists registered nurses who would 

like to pursue a Bachelors of Science 
in Nursing. 

The program's goal is for stu- 
dents to become a provider of direct 
and indirect care to individuals, and 
families or become a manager and 
coordinator of a care and a member 
of a profession. 

The CALL program targets 
adult students who potentially are 
working full time or have other obli- 
gations that prevent them from hav- 
ing a traditional campus experience. 

This program gives individu- 
als an opportunity to come back to 
complete a bachelor's degree while 
still being able to work full time; it is 
all about flexibility," said Vice Presi- 
dent for Technology. Research and 
Economic Development Darlene 

Williams said the program tar- 
gets adults who have some college 
education but not completed their 
degree. "They have an opportunity 
through the CALL program to come 
back and complete their program," 
Williams said. 

There are 307 students currently 
enrolled in NSU's Call program but 
the program is relatively new here 
with the first program being offered 
fall 2007.Acting Provost Dr. Lisa 
Abney is glad that these students 
have been accommodated and hopes 
more will take part in CALL. 

"The growth of the program has 
been steady, and Dr. Williams, Dr. 
Webb, and 1 think that it will con- 
tinue to grow quickly," Abney said. 

"We are, indeed, proud to have 
been in the leaders in this wonderful 
initiative, and having BPCC as our 
partner has been a tremendous as- 


President Kennedy 
was the fastest random 
speaker in the world 

upwards of 350 words 
per minute. 

There are 10 human 
body parts that are only 
3 letters 

long (eye hip arm leg 
ear toe jaw rib lip gum). 

Every year about 98% 
of the atoms in your 
body are replaced. 

The Baby Ruth candy 
bar was actually named 
after G rover 
Cleveland's baby 
daughter, Ruth. 

Every day more money 
is printed for Monopoly 
than the US Treasury. 

Men can read smaller 
print than women can: 
women can hear better. 

Weekly Spotlight: 

Showcasing our 
campus RSOs 

D Phi D spreads cancer 
awarneness on campus 

Chris Watts 

Sauce Reporter 

D Phi D is not your typical orga- 

"It started out as a joke," senior 
criminal justice major and D Phi D 
president Brandy Guillory said. 

"The group started with the De- 
mon Dazzlers because we always 
joked that we didn't have time to 
join a real organization," Guillory 

D Phi D, originally Demon Phi 
Dazzlers, or Dance Phi Dance, was 
finally recognized by the University 
as an RSO in 2007, and has expand- 
ed its membership far beyond the 
dance line. 

The group began pulling mem- 
bers from the pom-pom line and the- 
atre department, and adding males. 

"One of our main objectives is 
to support the dance community and 
promote awareness of the arts," se- 
nior HMT major and vice president 
Kelsey Trautman said. 

D Phi D's philanthropy is the 
Special Olympics. Members have 
volunteered their time at track meets 
across the country, and helped set up 

a meet at Northwestern with Alpha 
Sigma Alpha. 

Founding president and 2007 
NSU Lady of the Bracelet Corina 
Harwood currently works as a Spe- 
cial Olympics coach. 

"It's very rewarding to be 
around athletes with such great 
sportsmanship and attitudes, and to 
be a part of something bigger than 
yourself," Harwood said. 

D Phi D also judges high school 
dance try-outs throughout the state 
and donates all their dues to St. 

"It's like one big support group. 
We're definitely a family," Guillory 

According to Guillory, D Phi 
D is shifting their focus to cancer 
awareness, after a member was di- 
agnosed with Leukemia last year. 
Members will raise money through- 
out the semester to donate to Stu-, and online cancer 
awareness and support group. 

"We're a group of people with 
really strong goals and we encour 
age each other to fulfill the. We help 
each other because we're all in this 
together," Guillory said. 

Miss Black and 
crowned in Magale 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

The Theta Chi chapter of Alpha 
Phi Alpha fraternity, Inc hosted its 
annual Miss Black and Gold Schol- 
arship Pageant Sunday at Magale 
Recital Hall. 

Students, friends and family 
watched as eight contestants show- 
cased beauty, brains and elegance 
to be crowned the "Queen of the 

The Miss Black and Gold Pag- 
eant is an outgrowth of a long tradi- 
tion that Alpha Phi Alpha chapters 
have to designate a "chapter sweet- 

"The girls worked extremely 
hard," Diante Turner, Vice President 
of Alpha Phi Alpha, said. 

"It took a lot of guts to get up on 
stage in front of a crowd like that." 

Sixteen girls tried out for the 

Eventually, eight dropped out 
because the preparation for the pag- 
eant was time consuming and it be- 
came hard to balance schoolwork 
and practicing for the pageant. 

Eight lovely ladies remained 
and among them were senior jour- 
nalism major Laila Benjamin, soph- 
omore nursing major Amy Metoyer, 
freshman journalism major Lara 
Harrison, sophomore nursing major 
Kellie Lewis and freshman social 
work major Genevolyn Ceasar. 

Benjamin earned the honor of 
being crowned the winner of the 
2009 Miss Black and Gold Pageant. 

"I was completely shocked 
when they announced me as the win- 
ner," Benjamin said. 

"The only think I could utter 
was 'are you serious?'" 

For Benjamin, being nervous 
wasn't the problem. When you're in 
1 situation like that, your anxious- 
ness can get the best of you. 

The contestants dazzled the 
crowd in three different phases of 
the competition. 

They walked with style and 
gracefulness in the swimsuit and 
evening gown phase of the pageant. 

Metoyer was the winner of the 
swimsuit competition as well as the 
1 sl runner up. 

The contestants displayed an ar- 
ray of flair in the talent portion of the 

Ceasar danced her way to the 
best talent award as well as the co- 
winner of the Miss Congeniality 
award, which was also won by Lew- 
is, the winner of the People's Choice 

Harrison was named the second 

Benjamin will compete at the 
district level of the Miss Black and 
Gold Pageant at the fraternity's dis- 
trict convention, which is being held 
in Shreveport, La. 

If she wins there, she will have 
an opportunity to compete on the 
national, which includes a higher 
scholarship amount. 

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Miss Black and Gold Cheryl Lewis, senoir journalism major Laila Ben- 
jamin, freshman journalism major Lara Harrison and freshman social 
work major Genevolyn Ceaser. 

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Tori Ladd 

Life Editor bf 

tladdOO 1 @student. 

November 18, 2009 N 

Hasting speaks on 
UFO happenings in 

the U.S. 

Tori Ladd 

Life Editor 

Birds, planes, hot air balloons 
and unidentified flying objects- did 
you say UFO? 

Yeah, and they all clutter the 


As part of the SGA Distin- 
guished Lecture Series, on Nov 12 th 
in Magale Recital Hall to an audi- 
ence of approximately 70, Robert 
Hastings came to campus and dis- 
cussed UFOs. 

Investigator Hastings used in- 
terviews of people who claimed they 
have seen UFOs and documents 
from the FBI and CIA to capture the 
attention of his audience on Thurs- 
day night. 

Hastings is in agreement with 
others on the issue of UFOs exist- 
ing and the American government 
is continuing to produce a "massive 
cover up." 

According to Hastings, the 
United States government investi- 
gated UFO's for more than two de- 
cades but disbanded the investiga- 
tion in 1969 saying there is lack of 
evidence that the craft existed or had 
actually been seen in the U.S. 

Despite the denial by U.S. of- 

ficials, Hastings said he believes 
that American citizens deserve to 
know the truth about the existence 
of UFOs and why they come to visit 

When thinking of UFOs people 
usually think of disc-shaped objects 
that hover in the air, extraordinarily 
fast and highly maneuverable they 
can seem to be balls, discs or saucers 
and may appear in small groups and 
making no sounds. 

The Pentagon often releases 
statements denying reports of any- 
thing of the sort. 

Instead, it credits the sightings 
as solar reflections of clouds or me- 
teorites breaking up or hailstones. 

A few military officers, howev- 
er, have admitted privately to obser- 
vations of UFOs. 

Hastings said both public and 
military sightings have been report- 
ed mainly since 1947. 

Hastings said UFO activity re- 
ports are notably near nuclear and 
power installations, both military 
and industrial. 

He also pointed out that sight- 
ings in the 1940s were near the U.S. 
atomic laboratories of Sandia and 
Los Alamos in New Mexico, men- 
tioning the reported crash and recov- 

ery of an object in Roswell, N.M. in 

Immediately after the news 
reports of the Roswell incident, a 
highly orchestrated campaign of 
denial was initiated by the U.S. gov- 

In the two hour event, Hastings 
expressed his belief in the concen- 
tration of UFO activity near nuclear 
locations since the 1940s that the 
vehicles are from "hyperspace" and 
have come to Earth to warn of the 
destruction that can come from the 
use of atomic weaponry. 

He also has U.S. sources who 
have reported incidents of missiles 
in silos malfunctioning at the same 
time as UFO sightings were being 

Hastings said for five years after 
the collapse of the Soviet Union, in- 
terviews were granted with former- 
Soviet officers stationed at a missile 
site in then-Soviet Ukraine. 

The officers said that missiles 
were mysteriously activated for 15 
seconds on Oct. 4, 1982, and that 
UFOs were sighted during the time 
span. The missiles had to be manu- 
ally overridden by the Soviets to pre- 
vent launch. 

Hastings also said that the docu- 

Robert Hasting spoke on unidentified flying objects on Nov. 17 in Magale Recital Hall as apart of the SGA 
Distinguished Lecture Series for this semester. 

mentation he collects and presents 
is anecdotal and is growing. Much 
information previously classified is 
now available online on the CIA's 
Web site. 

Hasting recommends reading 
through the previously classified 
info about UFOs on the CIA's Web 
site and viewing and cufos. 

He has been featured at other 
universities across the globe and has 
been a guest on "Larry King Live, 

where he discussed his findings on 
UFO activity. 

He is a former laboratory ana- 
lyst with Phillips Corp., turned in- 
vestigator who has had an interest in 
UFO's since he spotted one when he 
was a teenager. 

He decided to take his collec- 
tion of documents and personal in- 
terviews on the university lecture 
circuit 28 years ago. 

"In time, it will all be out," he 
said. "We have an interesting fu- 


This is Hasting's second appear- 
ance on campus, said Josh Russell, 
SGA, and Brian Johnson, Academic 
Affairs. The first was in 2005. 

Russell said students enjoyed 
the program and the information 
was interesting, so the sponsors were 
glad to have him come back. 

For more information about 
Robert Hasting, visit his Web site or YouTube 
where you can see his UFO videos. 

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"Deeper than Black and White" diversity forum was held Monday, November 9th in the TV Studio in Kyser Hall. The 
Event was put on by the NAACP at NSU andNSU Journalism Ddepartment. The pannel included Kayla Wingfield, 
Student Body President, Karim Meghani Student Activities Representative, Dr. William Broussard, Assistant Profes- 
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Major, SAB President, Mr. NSU and Dr. William(Bill) Housel , coordinator of Social Sciences.The discussion ranged 
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Bethany Frank 

bfrankOO 1 
Opinions Editor 
November 18, 2009 


Be Frank: 

Space Travel 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 

As the ad- 
age goes, 
"Shoot for 
the moon; if you 
fail you'll always 
land among the 

It is simple to speak that phrase 
metaphorically to a young child to 
encourage him to dream bigger to 
be all he can be. But what happens 
when that child takes the phrase lit- 

One took "one small step for a 
man, one giant leap for mankind" 
in 1 969 and now, 50 years later, our 
journey in space evolves. 

NASA found significant 
amounts of water on the moon that 
could potentially support human ac- 
tivity, according to "NASA: There 
is water on lunar soil," printed by 
CNN on Sept. 25. 

What that means today is vague, 
but what it could mean for future 
years is mindboggling. 

But as we continue to venture 
out toward the "great unknown," 
many are concerned about what it 
means for us as a society. 

Many feel that our home is 
Earth, and we should stay here. 

Some say that if God wanted us 
to be in space, he would have put us 
out there. But perhaps God wanted 
us to get there ourselves. 

Perhaps the sky truly is the lim- 
it, and it is our playground. Besides, 
what is the point of space if you can- 

not travel it, and how cruel would 
God be if he didn't want us to? It's 
like dangling a toy in front of a child 
and saying don't touch. 

People are always so scared 
of where science could take them, 
but they are blinded to where it has 
brought them. 

There are folks out there who 
have an inquisitive mind and desire 
answers to all their questions. 

They need to know that the 
atom isn't the smallest unit of mat- 
ter or that the Earth isn't flat or that 
perhaps the universe does not evolve 
around us. 

But that doesn't make anyone 
less Christian or less religious. 

Even the pope has apologized to 

Science has taken society places 
faith alone could not. The desire for 
knowledge has opened up so many 
doors that could never have hap- 
pened by prayer alone. 

Miracles occur daily, but they 
don't occur without a little help. 

Scientific discovery has brought 
medicine and cell phones and heat 
and Facebook and a plethora of 
things we require daily. 

Yes. It has also brought things 
that scare us. But in the end, it is 
worth it. 

Science becomes a matter of 
understanding power and using it re- 

It then becomes our job to take 
that science and reach for the moon. 
Because today they found water, but 
who knows what you will find to- 

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Letter to the Editor 

behind the pumpkin massacre 

To Whom It May Concern: 
I, Karrie Simpson, am aware 
of pumpkins landing in Chap- 
lins Lake on NSU campus the week- 
end of Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 . 

A nature disaster involving 
heavy rain and high winds occurred 
during the event Connect the Pump- 
kins down Chaplins Lake. This 
caused many of the displayed pump- 
kins to be blown into the lake. 

The remaining pumpkins were 
scattered all over the walkway. I had 

no control over this disaster. 

As of Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, 1 
held a second lighting ceremony for 
the pumpkins that survived and dis- 
posed of them Monday, Nov.2, in a 
designated garbage disposal on cam- 

I apologize for not being pre- 
pared for such a disaster. I will have 
a natural disaster strategy for up- 
coming years. 


Karrie Simpson 


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Opinionated Spirits: One night stand 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Columnist 



you always hear 
girls say, 'Oh man 
I was so drunk last 
night. I shouldn't 
have slept with that guy.' We could 
be that mistake!" 

These words from the movie 
Superbad, 2007, make most people 
laugh because it is an experience 
they have either seen happened to a 
friend or to themselves. 

Alcohol can make or break a 
first impression when it comes to 
being able to take someone of the 
opposite sex home. I have heard my 
fair share of one-night-stand tales 
with only a year and a half of college 
under my belt. A few of my friends 
have had some interesting experi- 

The first met a girl from out of 
town. He learned how she liked try- 
ing different kinds of beer, one of his 
favorite hobbies. He bought both of 
them a different kind of beer with 
every round. 

She seemed like a friendly, 
sweet girl, and he enjoyed her com- 
pany at the bar. She apparently en- 
joyed his company as well, and she 

came back to his house with a bunch 
of other people to continue partying 
after the bar had closed. 

One thing led to another, and the 
two of them were in his room. 

Their interaction went from a 
conversation to sexual seduction 
while my friend was in mid-sen- 
tence. It seemed like this could lead 
to an enjoyable night, until she be- 
gan to speak. 

She said something that he 
couldn't make out at first. Then she 
said it again. 

"I love being a little slut," she 


My friend paused. 

He couldn't believe what he 
just heard. The comment had not 
killed his buzz but did cause a slight 
change of thought. He wondered 
what he had gotten himself into. 

As their interactions progressed 
she continued with an array of com- 
ments that made him feel uncomfort- 
able to the point that he had to ask 
her to stop talking. 

Another instance I was told by a 
close friend involved more physical 
harm than mental. 

His night started with chatting 
and light drinking. After a few hours 
of chatter with the girl he met at the 
bar they became wrapped in each 
other's eyes and conversation. 

Clothes and passion flew wild 
once they were back at his house, but 

his luck turned on him. She began 
digging her nails deep into his back 
and tearing them down his spine. 

Neither the vast array of color- 
ful shots nor the several whiskey 
drinks could relieve the pain. He 
clenched his bed and bit his lip while 
trying not to cry. 

The pain made him begin to 
wonder if he was bleeding. At least 
he had dark sheets, he thought to 

These nights can cause both 
physical and mental anguish at times 
or can prove to be enjoyable vices of 
relaxation. There are ways to help 
ensure those nights don't take a rum 
for the worst. 

First of all, pay attention to the 
red flags. This applies to both ex- 

A purity ring won't get into your 
bed, and an ex-girlfriend won't leave 

If you find a girl who falls into 
that happy median of class and re- 
laxed moral standards, then there are 
still warning signs for some cases. 

For example, if you are not the 
first person she has kissed that night, 
the flag has begun hoisting itself. 
This might not seem like a big deal, 
but there are other signs that will de- 
termine whether or not to continue 
your pursuit. 

If she leads you to your own 
bedroom, this could lead to more of 

the flag's ascent. Most guys won't 
see these steps as a problem yet until 
they see more. 

For example, if you can do 
things to her that requires more fin- 
gers than are used to go bowling or 
knows more positions than a book 
on Kama Sutra, this is a red flag. 

These things all lead to the real- 
ization that you may be with a wom- 
an who has taken down more men 
than AIDS and has possibly given it 
to you. 

For our readers who are not as 
familiar with male STD checks, a 
nurse will take a cue tip-like swab 
and place it into the man's penis. 
Then she will swab around to make 
sure she gets a good sample. To say 
the least, this is not a pleasant expe- 
rience for a man. 

However, after several nights 
with self-proclaimed sluts, the claw 
and professional bowlers, this is an 
unfortunate yet necessary aspect in- 
volved in a culmination of one-night 

We could conform to society's 
old ways and proclaim, "No sex be- 
fore marriage!" 

But just think how much more 
exciting our weekend stories are 
with the mistakes brought about by 

Besides, who wants to buy a 
new car without taking for a test 
drive or two? 

Writings on the wall 

Paul Randall Adams 

Guest Columnist 


y mind 
is filled 
with so 
many unanswered 
questions every 
time I walk into 
the bathroom. 

I ponder the test that I've just 
finished or the concert I'm about to 
play. I question my choices in class- 
es, my sanity for taking as many 
hours as I do. And then life's biggest 
question crosses my mind. 

Why do so many people go to 
the bathroom with pens, pencils and 
markers in their hands? 

Admittedly, it's kind of fun to 
read the remarks that people leave 
on the walls. 

Libel against fraternities, ra- 
cial slurs. Comments about classes, 
teachers, this university. Look hard 
enough and you can find phone 

numbers, sexual solicitations, crude 
drawings and a slew of comments 
about the world. 

Anonymity is a dangerous si- 
ren. She sings and entices bathroom 
artists to their doom. 

There is an allure to writing on 
the bathroom wall that is addicting. 
The first time an artist pulls out his 
writing utensil and goes to make 
a mark, a strange excitement fills 
his belly. He can write whatever 
he wants because nobody will ever 
trace it back to him. 

It is the things that people do 
when nobody is looking that truly 
defines their character. 

Oprah once stated that real 
integrity is doing the right thing, 
knowing that nobody's going to 
know whether you did it or not - 
even a peasant can stumble upon a 
pearl every once in a while. 

Often, people fall short of show- 
ing this kind of true integrity. There 
is an obligated type of integrity that 

people display often. 

They donate to foundations be- 
cause others are around; they buy 
Girl Scout cookies because they feel 
obliged to. 

People do good things out of 
social obligation rather than out of 
the kindness of their hearts. 

How often do we help the 
homeless simply for the satisfaction 
of helping others? 

It is seldom that people do go 
out of their way to do nice things 
with no reciprocation. 

Those that can be seen picking 
up trash on the sides of the road are 
inmates or members of some club, 
doing community service because 
they have to. 

Those that help out at soup 
kitchens are members of a church 
- people who would be too embar- 
rassed not to help out. 

Where are the Underdogs in the 
world? Where is Superman? 

They did all their work in secret 

with only the satisfaction of know- 
ing they had done good things. 

Programs such as Crime Stop- 
pers try so hard to encourage integ- 
rity, but merely fall short. Accepting 
payment for integrity automatically 
disqualifies it as integrity. 

Sometimes integrity, true honor, 
can be found in giving blankets to 
the homeless - not foundations, but 
really finding a needy soul on the 
side of the road and offering him 
some solace. 

Sometimes it is simply offering 
a smile to somebody in your class, 
buying lunch for that weird kid that 
everybody makes fun of. Sometimes 
it's saying nothing for fear that you 
may say the wrong things. 

Integrity comes in all forms, in 
all situations. It's the things that we 
do when nobody's looking that re- 
ally matter, that show who we really 

What do you want to write on 
your bathroom wall? 

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Sports Editor 
November 18, 2009 

Demon basketball season tips off: 

Lady Demons basketball gets season 
started on positive note 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Lady Demons started 
its season off on the right foot 
with a double-digit victory 
over the University of Arkansas- 
Monticello Cotton Blossoms, 85-61 . 

The big victory was due to the 
Lady Demons having four players 
score in double-digits. 

Led by senior guard Lyndzee 
Greene who had 1 5 points and eight 
rebounds. Brooke 
Shepherd had 14 points, while Brit- 
tiany Houston and Britany Kinlaw 
added 1 points apiece to round out 
all the Lady Demons in double-digit 

"I thought we played really fo- 
cused," Head Coach Jennifer Graf 
said. "We did a good job handling 
the press and moved the ball around 
to get some good looks." 

The Lady Demons did play 
focused only commiting 13 total 
turnovers, five of which were in the 
second half. NSU also shot 42 per- 
cent from the field, draining 3 1 of 74 

It also had a 33 percent shooting 
night from behind the three-point 
line, 6-18. 

The Lady Demons had a 42-30 
lead heading into halftime. Coming 
out of the break NSU hit its stride 
draining six of its first sev en shots at 
the beginning of the second half to 
open the lead up to 55-43. 

With 9:08 left in the game the 
Lady Derhons widened the margin 
to 68-52, but the resilient play of the 
Cotton Blossoms, allowed it to close 
the gap to 13, at 70-57. 

NSU rallied and put the game 
away with a 9-0 run capped off 
three-pointer from Greene and four 
consecutive points from Shepherd to 
make the score 79-57. 

"I thought we really did a tre- 
mendous job in the second half," 
Graf said. "We improved as the 
game w ent on." 

The game last night aganist 
Southern didn't go as well as hoped. 
The Lady Demons lost by the score 

The biggest miscue for NSU 
was turnovers. 

The Lady Demons commited 27 
turnovers, 16 of which were in the 
first half and the rest in the second. 

Brittiany Houston led all scorers 
with 17 points. 

The Lady Demons look to get 
back to the court this Friday. 

Demons basketball dominate from 
beginning to end 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Brittiany Houston (1) laying the ball up on her way to 10 points in the 
79-75 victory of the Uninversity of Arkansas-Monticello. 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

Not to be out-matched my the 
Lady Demons who played 
right before the Demons bas- 
ketball team, who flexed its muscles 
with a big 77-54 win ov er East Texas 
Baptist this past Friday. 

The closest ETBU would ever 
get to the Demons was 1 1 and that 
only twice in the first nine minutes 
of the game. 

The big win was made easy 
thanks in part to senior guard De- 
mon Jones who scored team high 
16 points, while junior guard Devon 
Baker scored 15, from the bench. 

NSU also had a big game from 
Charles Clark who had 1 rebounds 
to lead the Demons. 

Clark also added eight points. 
NSU also outrebounded ETBU by 
the margin of 54-46. 

Not only did NSU win big, but 
they did it with a variety of players. 
The Demons got scoring from 12 
different players. 

Also, none of the players played 
for a long time throughout the game. 
1 1 of the NSU squad played at least 
1 1 minutes with no one playing more 
than 20. 

"We're making progress," said 
NSU Head Coach, Mike McCona- 
thy. "The first half I was extremely 
excited, but we quit running the floor 
and defending as aggressively in 
early part of the second half. When 
we do those things, we're pretty ef- 

"We've got to keep the tempo 
up. It was a lot more fun to see our 
guys enjoying what they're doing. 
They were pulling for each other," 
McConathy said. 

Although the Demons are mak- 
ing progress in McConathy's eyes he 
feels that there is room for improve- 
ment, and the one glaring place to 
start is in the free throw department. 
NSU shot only 42 percent from the 
charity stripe (12-28). 

The 42 percent from the strip 
matches NSU's shooting percent- 
age from the rest of the field for the 

The Demons also had a 33 per- 
cent shooting percentage from the 
land of threes. 

The Demons look to keep a hot 
hand as they travel to Lubbock, TX 
to take on the Red Raiders of Texas 
Tech, tomorrow night. 

NSU will return home on Nov. 
24 ,h to take Houston Baptist. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Tight end Justin Aldredge (3) on his way to a 39-yard touchdown reception, in the Demons 28-21 loss. 

Turnovers foil Demon comeback 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

The Demon football team's in- 
ability to take advantage of 
scoring opportunities proved 
to be their downfall in a disappoint- 
ing loss of 28-2 1 Saturday to Nich- 
olls State University. 

NSU turned the ball over twice 
in the fourth quarter and commit- 
ted a holding penalty that erased a 
game-tying touchdown. 

On a pivotal scoring drive, of- 
fensive lineman Eric Pease commit- 
ted a holding penalty that negated 
Harris' 39-yard touchdown pass to 
sophomore tight end Justin Aldredge 
that would hav e tied the close game 
at 21. 

On the next Demon drive, NSU 
tailback Quentin Castille was hit by 
the Colonels' Garrick Spain, forcing 
a fumble that was returned for 10 

Nicholls capitalized on the turn- 

over. Colonels' tailback A.J. William 
scored on a 65-yard touchdown run. 

The Demons answered back 
with a 75-yard four-play drive that 
made the score 28-2 1 

With a little over a minute left in 
the game, true freshman quarterback 
Paul Harris was picked off in the 
endzone on a fourth-and-nine pass 
from Nicholls 15 yardline. 

Dominic Daniels' interception 
ended all hopes of the Demon foot- 
ball team av oiding its tenth consecu- 
tive loss of the season. 

I can't ask for a better effort. Our 
guys did all they could but Nicholls 
made more plays," NSU first-year 
head coach, Bradley Dale Peveto 
said. "We defended them really well, 
all but four plays, three passes and 
the long run. 

"We moved the ball well but 
had critical mistakes that cost us. 
We turned it over twice deep in their 
end. We had a penalty that wiped out 
a touchdown." 

Offensively, NSU started the 
game sharper than a tack. The De- 
mons opened the game with a 9-play, 
67-yard scoring drive. Aldredge 
scored the first points on a one-yard 

It didn't take long for the Colo- 
nels to respond. 

LaQuentin Caston found wide 
receiver Antonio Robinson on an un- 
derneath route that was busted open 
for an 82-yard touchdown pass. 

The next few drives, both the 
Demons and Colonels stalled but 
Nicholls scored before and after 
halftime to give them enough cush- 
ion to hold off the Demons 

"Nicholls just played a better 
game than we did," Peveto said. 
"They didn't play harder than we 
did, but they won." 

This Saturday, the Demons 
hope to retain Chief Cado as they 
host Stephen F. Austin at Turpin Sat- 

NSU's cross country season comes to an end 

Courtesy of Sports Info: 

Junior Dusty Dischler and fresh- 
man Karensa Ellis were the top 
finishers for Northwestern State 
Saturday morning at the 2009 
Southland Conference Cross Coun- 
try Championships. 

Dischler covered the 8k men's 
course in 27:24 and finished 60th. 

The Demons took 11th with a 
342 score in the 1 2-team race. 

Ellis ran 44th with a 22:59 time 
over the 6k women's course. 

While the Lady Demons were 
1 2th w ith a 294 score. 

Lamar repeated as the men's 
team champion with 38 points. 

While McNeese State was sec- 
ond with 65. 

Host Texas A&M-Corpus 
Christi defended its women's team 
title by scoring 58 points. 

Stephen F. Austin finished sec- 
ond at 81 points. 

Josh Crandell (68th, 28:11) was 
the second finisher for NSU's men, 
followed by Kyle Lessig (73rd, 

28:21), Chris Lanier (82nd, 29:30), 
Cameron Mehl (84th, 29:57), Matt 
Lanier (88th, 31:58) and Breshon 
Williams (89th, 31:58). 

Ellis completed her freshman 
season by topping the Lady Demons' 
scorecard in all eight meets. 

Second for NSU was Allison 
Fontenot (55th, 23:45), then Sarah 
Emory (58th, 23:5 1 ), Andrea Warren 
(65th, 24:14), Redd Williams (72nd, 
25:12), Kirstie Jones (77th, 26:00) 
and Courtney Hershberger (79th, 

Bs'in with the Bull: Why me? 

Andy Bullard 
Sports Editor 

If by now you haven't figure out 
that I am a huge football fan, 
well let me tell you I love foot- 
ball with all my soul. Now don't get 
me wTong I love all the other sports 
as well but football is like that warm 
blanky everyone had as a small 

But, as of the past three weeks 
it feels like the football gods, who I 
won't lie to I pray to sometimes for 
a hail-Mary pass to be completed or 
a botched snap on a game-winning 
field for the other team, have just be 
giving me the proverbial finger. 

The teams I love that are in col- 
lege are the Northwestern State Uni- 
versity Demons and the Michigan 
Wolverines. My NFL team is the 
Denver Broncos, and John Elway is 
the greatest quarterback of all-time, 
but I digress. 

Now more often than not these 
three teams will all play in the same 
weekend. I have been a fan of these 
three teams for a long time and none 
of them have ever won in the same 
weekend ever. 

Now I know what your think- 
ing, "Why are you telling us this?" 

Well, I tell you this because the 
proverbial finger the football gods 
have been giving me just happened 
three weeks ago, is because all three 
of my teams have lost in the same 

To me football can drastically 
change my mood. 

If my team wins, I am the happi- 
est person ever. But, if they lose you 
may not really want to talk to me un- 
til the next day. 

With that said, what I want you 
to think about is taking the power 
of a nuclear bomb and force that all 
in one person. When all three teams 
lose, I turn in to a volatile walking 

time bomb. I become very easily 
chippy with people and it's not a 
pretty site. 

I know this is a very silly thing 
to get upset about, but let me break 
down what I am on the precipice of. 

NSU could go 0-1 1 for the first 
time in like a billion years and we 
could lose Chief Caddo. 

Michigan is on the verge of fin- 
ishing the season 5-7, not making a 
bowl game for only the second time 
in literally 40 something years and 
the fact that they would have only 
beaten Ohio State only once this de- 

As for the Broncos it's just the 
matter of being in the lead and los- 
ing said lead to the Chargers for the 
second straight season. 

So, if you could for those that 
understand my plight, can we take a 
quick moment to pray to the football 
gods to shine just a bit of light on my 
dreary situation. 


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Kappa Sigma Fraternity indefinitely suspended 

David Royal 

News Editor 

NSU's Theta Mu chapter of 
Kappa Sigma fraternity is 
indefinitely suspended from 
all on-campus activities while the 
Internal Board of Directors of the 
fraternity investigate an alleged vio- 
lation of their code of conduct. 

Kappa Sigma Fraternity is look- 
ing into whether the local chapter 
purchased an alcoholic keg with fra- 
ternity funds. 

Steven Horton, NSU chapter's 
faculty adviser, said a student ac- 
cused the fraternity of purchasing 
the keg from Maggio's Package Li- 
quor, and then university officials 
reported the student's statement to 
Kappa Sigma Fraternity. 

Horton said the national head- 
quarters immediately responded by 
launching an investigation, and ex- 
plained that it is standard procedure 
for a chapter to be suspended until 
the investigation is completed. 

Dean of Students Chris Mag- 
gio said the university is working 
with the Internal Board of Direc- 
tors to help the investigation run as 
smoothly as possible and to make 
sure everything is accordance with 
the rules. 

"Anytime there is an allegation 
of this nature, we act on it," Maggio 
said. "We're doing whatever we can 
to assist [Kappa Sigma Fraternity]." 

The chapter's suspension, 
which began Nov. 13, means the 
members cannot hold any official 
meetings. or activities under Kappa 
Sigma's name, Horton said. 

He added, however, that the 1 
tenants of the Kappa Sigma house 
located on campus still have the 
right to live there. 

The Internal Board of Directors 
has already sent George Jackson, the 
district grand master for the north 
Louisiana region of Kappa Sigma 
Fraternity, to NSU to investigate the 
chapter's alleged code of conduct 
violation, Horton said. 

Horton said that after interview- 
ing those accused of being involved 
in the incident, Jackson reported to 
Kappa Sigma Fraternity that there 
was no substantial evidence support- 
ing the alleged violation. 

Horton explained that the next 
step is for Kappa Sigma Fraternity 
to look over Jackson's evaluation, 
and then it will make its decision on 
what should be done for the NSU 

Horton said it is his belief that 
everything will be cleared up and 
his chapter will be taken off of sus- 
pension soon, but added that the 
Thanksgiving break slowed down 
the process. 

Horton said the members of the 
NSU chapter have been encouraged 
not to speak publicly about the inci- 
dent, and said they have handled the 
situation well. 

"They've been mature in the 
dealings with those that made the 
allegations, and have handled every- 
thing by the letter of the law," Hor- 
ton said. "I couldn't be prouder." 

Maggio said he suspects Kappa 
Sigma Fraternity will render its deci- 
sion by the end of the semester. 





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- The SGA voted on 11 bills at Monday night's meeting. 

- The Senate passed a bill to inform NSU officials that it 
is initiating actions to remodel the student fee system. 

- The Senate passed a bill that will recommend that NSU 
Police direct traffic at the Kyser Hall crosswalk to in- 
crease safety. 

- SGA will suggest to SODEXO that they allow students' 
declining balance to be used for all SODEXO products. 

- The Senate plans to request that NSU officials will pay 
to have the skunks present on campus captured and re- 

- Ruth Wisher was voted in as new Academic Affairs 

Health Services prepares for vaccination clinic 

David Royal 

News Editor 

NSU Health Services received 
an additional 1,000 doses of 
the H1N1 vaccine Monday 
and has set a date for a mass vacci- 
nation clinic. 

The clinic will be Nov. 9 in the 
east concourse of Prather Coliseum 
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

The vaccination process is free 
and lasts about 30 minutes. Photo 
identification will be required. 

The clinic is open to the en- 
tire NSU student body, faculty 

and Natchitoches community, and 
Stephanie Campbell, director of 
health services, said she strongly en- 
courages everyone to take part. 

There are still about 40 doses 
of the H1N1 vaccine left from the 
state's original shipment, and Camp- 
bell credits this to students not being 
sure if they fall under the high risk 

"Anyone who is under the age 
of 24 is at risk and should be vac- 
cinated," Campbell said. 

"That includes just about all stu- 

Anyone who is in the health 
care field, is pregnant or is caring for 

or living with infants under the age 
of six months is also recommended 
to get vaccinated. 

To encourage the public to get 
vaccinated, NSU Health Services 
will enter all participants' names into 
a drawing for prizes. 

Campbell said that the prizes 
will include gas cards, gift cards to 
Barnes and Noble and local restau- 
rants and possibly a Nintendo Wii 

If not all the doses are given at 
the mass vaccination clinic, Camp- 
bell explained NSU Health Services 
will return to its current process of 
giving the vaccine in its building. 

Education Dept. reaches out to high school principals 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Reporter 

NSU has been selected to 
participate in the Louisiana 
School Turnaround Special- 
ist program. 

The program will target schools 
with low performance scores based 
on standardized testing. 

The program will help new 
principals who have been assigned 
to schools needing academic assis- 
tance. To qualify, a principal must 
have been in his position for three 
years or less and be nominated by 
the superintendant of the district. 

Candidates for programs will be 
chosen at the state level. 

The program is based at Darden 
School of Business at the University 
of Virginia and is still in the develop- 

mental stages. 

Courses will be individual- 
ized and tailored to meet the spe- 
cific needs of the principal and the 
school, said Vickie Gentry, the dean 
of the Teacher Education Center. 

"There are so many different 
curriculum models that are on the 
market," Gentry said. 

"It is not about any particular 
math or reading or writing program. 
It's all centered around the principal 
of that school 1 ading his or her fac- 
ulty to engage and reform." 

The course will be 1 8 hours and 
will start next summer. 

Faculty members involved in 
the program throughout the state 
have started the rigorous training 
process at the University of Virginia, 
which has been compared to earning 
a degree within a week. 

Louisiana Tech, LSU Shreve- 
port and UL Lafayette are a few of 
the other schools that were selected 
to participate in the program. 

"The impact of this program 
will be tremendous, both at the state 
and national levels," said Wendell 
Wellman, an education instructor at 

Principals who go through the 
program will have their coursework 
online and have faculty visiting their 
school, but w ill be required to come 
on campus periodically throughout 
the semester, Gentry said. 

"It's a great opportunity for our 
faculty to go out to those schools and 
see what the real issues are," Gentry 

Informational meetings have 
taken place, but the program is not 
yet ready to make nominations. 


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NSU student finds hope out of despair 

Shelita Dalton 

Sauce Reporter 

Although natural disasters, like 
Hurricane Katrina, produce 
devastation, one NSU student 
showed how good things can come 
in the midst of bad situations. 

New Orleans native and junior 
english major Stephanie Maney. 
along with her husband, has created 
a way for separated families to unite, 
through gift cards. Maney came up 
with the idea during an adverse time 
in her life. 

"Christmas of 2005 was hor- 
rible, I was without my family 
members (due to Hurricane Katrina) 
and I started longing for them," she 

"I started writing little notes 
about missing them and the only 
thing I could come up with was, 
'Christmas without you is like...' and 
then I just started writing." 

Maney says she wanted to turn 
her writings into something to show- 
people that they are not forgotten. 
So, she made the writings into cards 
and took them to a graphic designer. 

"I pitched the idea to a Christo- 
pher Bell, Registrar Lille Bell's son, 
who is a wonderful graphic designer 
and he agreed to help," she said 

She adds that the cards are cur- 
rently being handmade, by Bell, un- 
til they can generate more revenue. 
Maney says the main purpose of the 
company (Genesis Creations) is to 
let people who have gone through 
natural disasters know that someone 
is thinking about them and they are 

"Our cards are gift cards, they 
will never be known as greeting 

Photo by Shelita Dalton/The Current Sauce 

NSU student Stephanie Maney holding the tops of the boxes that encase the gift cards 

cards," she said. 

Maney says she is also getting 
ready to launch another phase of gift 
card collections for Valentine's Day. 

"This collection will be titled 
'My Cherie Amour' and these are 
cards you wear," Maney said. 

"You have to be a couple to 
wear them because you will wear 

one part and your mate will wear the 
other part; so you must be together." 

Maney says she and her hus- 
band have launched the company as 
a complete out of pocket expense, 
but she believes it will all be worth 
it. She adds that Natchitoches also 
plays a big part in her company be- 
cause this is where she came after 

Hurricane Katrina and she's been 
here ever since. 

"I want people to know that 
Genesis Creations is a twofold rep- 
resentation of New Orleans first and 
Natchitoches second," she said. 

"This is what we're going to do; 
we're going to represent both cities 
and we're going to take it abroad." 

Weekly Spotlight: 

Showcasing our 
campus RSOs 

Long lives 
at NSU 

Lacie Epperson 

Sauce Reporter 

The Anthropological Society 
is a continued tradition since 
1971 and has been a student 
organization since 1 974. 

Anthropology is the study of 
humankind. Anthropologists study 
all aspects of society and culture. 

The students, faculty and alum- 
ni members of the Northwestern 
State University Anthropological 
Society do just that. 

From guest lectures to field 
trips, the Anthropological Society 
is always doing things to better the 
members' knowledge of different 

Dr. Pete Gregory has had the 
pleasure of being both a student 
member and now an advisor for the 

One of the many traditions of 
the organization is Basket Day at the 
Christmas Festival. Basket Day is 
held at the downtown Museum. 

People from all over the South 
Eastern region come to buy and sell 
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Be Frank: Three "L"s 

Bethany Frank 

Opinions Editor 

we are 
taught to dream of 
a happily ever af- 

We witnessed 
the princess kissing the frog, sang 
along to "Kiss the Girl" as we sat at 
the edge of our seats waiting for Eric 
to get a clue. 

We watch these things, witness 
these "magical" moments with little 
regard to what they mean. 

Not every frog is a prince, 
and not every kiss will make your 
dreams come true. But it isn't the 
cynical part of romance that needs 
to be brought to attention, but rather 
what this delusional romance en- 

"Like," "love" and "lust" have 
become interchangeable throughout 

When you are raised dreaming 
of Prince Charming and are continu- 
ously blinded to negativity and con- 
flict, there is no possible way for you 
to have a healthy understanding of 
the three "L"s nor experience a true 
"happily ever after." 

Love is an immensely powerful 
and passionate emotion. Some folks 
even argue that it could bring peace 
and stop war. But love alone is not 
and will not ever be the answer. 

Aristotle spoke of balance in 
life. Too much of anything is bad. 
But if you have a balance then you 
inevitably find your virtue. 

For example, if a man is too 
courageous he will die fighting a 
battle he could never win. But if a 
man is too cowardly is will die alone 
and subservient never knowing the 
thrill of a good fight. 

Love is the same way. If you 
simply have this extreme amount 
of love in your eyes and you lack 
its counterpart, you will die like the 
courageous man unaware of where 
you went wrong. 

It is by understanding and open- 
ing yourself up to other emotions 
you are able to truly find a balance 
and a virtue. 

Hate is this horrible word added 
in that proverbial "four-letter word" 
category that is band from daily vo- 
cabulary. But when you don't un- 
derstand how to experience hate — 
love's counterpart — then you expose 
yourself to this emotional short cir- 

Both emotions must have the 
potential to be experienced equally 
to reach true understanding. This 
doesn't mean you have to hate some- 
one, you just need to have the ability. 

It is like they say, "how can you 
experience and appreciate the light if 
you never witnessed the dark?" 

You need these opposites in life 
of you will forever be inable to ex- 
prience the power of the emotion. 

The problem returns though to 
the three "L"s. 

When people lack the under- 
standing of this balance and experi- 
ence this "short circuit," they con- 
fuse emotions and inevitably words. 

Love has become overused in 
society as a way to express a liking 
or sexual attraction toward someone. 
Because of the lack of education 
while younger, people don't truly 
comprehend the power of hate and 
therefore struggle to understand the 
passion of love. 

This then causing like and lust 
to almost fade away in society's vo- 
cabulary because since birth we are 
taught to "love everyone." 

But when you don't understand 
what love is then it is easy and al- 
most expected that it would be used 
to describe like or lust. 

This confusion of the three "L"s 
then could be the cause for so many 
wrongs in our society. It could be the 
reason for the increased teen preg- 
nancy, increased divorce rate or per- 
haps the increase in depression. 

It is easy to watch a movie and 
dream of kissing the Frog Prince. 
It is easy to fall asleep with hopes 
of riding off in the sunset with Mr. 
Right and finally getting that perfect 

But all you have are moments if 
you don't understand love. Because 
without the proper understanding, 
you will forever struggle to find your 
ideal "happily ever after." 

Who Googled out love? 

Paul Randal] Adams 

Guest Columnist 



lifts us 
up where 
we belong. 
Love will keep us 
together. Love is 
all we need. 

And I will; 
always love you. Your love is like a 
river, peaceful and deep. 

For generations artists, play- 
wrights, musicians, poets and the 
like have found inspiration in love. 
You can hardly turn on the radio 
without hearing songs of love. You 
can hardly watch the television with- 
out seeing a movie about love. 

I cannot think of many books 
that don't have a theme of love 
somewhere within their pages. 

And yet, more and more often 
people are denouncing their belief in 

Why? Love hasn't suddenly 
taken a furlough because of the 
world's recent budget crises. 

Love can be defined as an il- 
logical obligation to another per- 
son. That is a very cynical view, but 
truthful nonetheless. 

What did the writers of the past 
discover that the skeptics of today 
are missing? What did Romeo and 
Juliet find that is giving people trou- 
ble today? 

What is different today then all 
those years ago? 


Love, in its purest form, takes 
time and effort. It must be cultivated 
and grown and waited patiently for. 

But in this society of instant 
gratification, where one can get 
259,000,000 results in .09 seconds 
while Googling "love," people are 
losing their patience with love. 

It doesn't come quickly enough 
and it doesn't seem to yield any pal- 
pable rewards. 

All we need is love, love's all 
we need. 

But the generations of artists 
who were never able to Google 
somehow managed to see the true 
beauty of a very existent love. 

How do I love thee? Count the 

But love is real. Truly real. 

Another working definition for 
love can be found in Webster's dic- 
tionary - a profoundly tender, pas- 
sionate affection for another person. 
Also, a feeling of warm personal at- 
tachment or deep affection, as for a 
parent, child, or friend. 

True love - passionate "home- 
run, out of the park, fireworks in the 
sky" kind of love - cannot be truly 
discovered until people begin to em- 
brace the other types of love in the 

The Greeks had multiple words 
for love - maybe they were onto 

They understood that the love 
one felt for his brother was quite dif- 

ferent from the love one felt for his 

Knowing the distinction leads to 
a self-actualization that leads to find- 
ing true love. One has to be aware 
of the ability to love before they are 
able to display the ability. 

But why is love so beautiful? 

A Swedish proverb seems to 
sum it up best. "Love is like dew that 
falls on both nettles and lilies." 

Love is something that anybody 
can experience. Poor man, rich man. 
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor. Black, 
white, green, blue. Whatever you 
are, and wherever you may be, love 
can find you. 

Perhaps people fear love. Per- 
haps people are scared. 

It's illogical, it's rash, it's ir- 
rational. It's crazy and follows no 
form. It cannot be controlled or ra- 
tionalized or even made sense of. 

Love just is. 

So where do you fall short? 

What about love do you fear? 

When you Google love, you'll 
start to see what people have known 
for generations. 

Love is not like Santa Claus. It 
does exist. 

Dr. Seuss summarized it best. 
"You know you're in love when you 
don't want to fall asleep because 
reality is finally better than your 

Perhaps it's time to experience 
something much better than any 

Christmas spirit found 

Taylor Graves 

Guest Columnist 

Have you 
under a veil of 
bright Christmas 
lights? What about 
strolled along a 
river looking at colorful set pieces lit 
up in the darkness? 

If you are a resident of Natchi- 
toches, these are two things you 
must do during the Christmas sea- 
son. Natchitoches does everything 
big for Christmas, and a person can't 
help but fall in love with Christmas 
if they've experienced the spirit of 
this town during the season. 

The Christmas season brings so 
much to the world. Of course there 
are the bright lights, colorful deco- 
rations and wrapped-up gifts every- 
where, but Christmas brings more 
than just those everyday things. 

During the Christmas season 
people actually treat each other dif- 
ferently. They try to put a smile on 
their face and be nice to others be- 
cause it's part of the Christmas spir- 

People travel to be with fam- 
ily they may not have seen in years. 
They sit around and talk, eat and en- 
joy each other's company. 

Christmas brings a different 
side out in everyone. 

We may get caught up in the 
shopping, wrapping, cooking and 
decorating, but we also get caught up 
in the joy of giving a gift to someone 
we love. We get caught up in seeing 
the little cousins or siblings rip open 

Santa's presents and smile from ear 
to ear because they received just 
what they wanted. 

Christmas is about remember- 
ing traditions that only your fam- 
ily does. It's about being with your 
family each and every year, no mat- 
ter how busy people are or how far 
away they live. 

Christmas is a time for listen- 
ing and caring about the friends and 
family you love. 

Now, as college students, not 
everyone is able to see the family at 
Thanksgiving, Easter or sometimes 
even during the summer, but every- 
one makes that effort to go home to 
mom and dad to spend this special 
time of year with family. 

There's just something about 
Christmas that makes everyone want 
to have a good time and be merry. 
Parents tell their children to put out 
cookies for Santa and then look for- 
ward to seeing that smile on their 
face in the morning. 

Grandparents come to enjoy the 
food, gifts and family. 

Friends give small or large gifts 
to each other to show how much 
they care. 

Everybody tries to make Christ- 
mas special, not for themselves, but 
for the people around them. 

That's what Christmas is all 
about. It's not the gifts, food or even 
the town full of lights. Christmas is 
about doing something for others. 
It's about making sure that other 
people are having a good Christmas 

So, to everyone reading, I hope 
you have a wonderful Christmas 
season with your friends and family. 

Merry Christmas! 

College then and now 

Curtis Desselles 

Guest Columnist 

The college 
used to be 
an instrument of 
social change. 

The students 
were catalyst for 
progressive thinking, and they were 
not afraid to express themselves. 
Growing up in the 1960s, I wit- 
nessed how a society could change 
for the better. 

Today most Americans are 
complacent and fear any contro- 
versy or change. The atmosphere of 
political correctness is discouraging 
and stifles any new positive social 

What has happened to the 
youth? Have they become disillu- 
sioned at our way of life? 

I do not blame the youth for 
giving up on nostalgia of college 
life because some of my genera- 
tion have let them down. Although 
I succeeded with my own children 
at emphasizing the value of a good 
education, many parents have not. 
We were too busy making money in 
a fake economy to see the effect it 
had on our children. 

Now is the time to right the 
wrongs of the past and save our most 
precious natural resource: our chil- 

I would like to see NSU estab- 
lish free-speech zones on campus. 
These designated places would 
provide for discussions of current 
events and social issues. 

Before we can accomplish this, 

we must get the students back on 
campus. I see less and less of the 
student body each day. The halls are 
empty, and the many clubs and or- 
ganizations are devoid of members. 
The call to community service is 
dwindling, and many say they are 
too busy to give of themselves. Is the 
cause apathy or economic? 

I believe the apathy is a direct 
result of our fast-paced economic 
world. Our children are expected to 
grow up faster and endure more than 
the previous generations. Techno- 
logical advances are moving at the 
speed of light, and the gap between 
the classes is becoming wider. 

Leslie White, an anthropologist, 
theorized that culture is the product 
of energy and technology div ided by 

This equation is all about the ef- 
ficient use of energy. What does this 
have to do with college life? 

The reason students are not on 
campuses is that they must work 
and go to school at the same time to 
achieve energy. The technology of 
online education allows for better 
energy efficiency. 

The result is less students on 
campus and less involvement in uni- 
versity organizations and commu- 
nity services. What is the solution? 

The only solution is to make it 
easier for students to go to college. 
The U.S. government must invest in 
our children and lessen the stress on 
them. An educated populous is the 
by-product of an educated govern- 

Remember, all natural resources 
are finite. Our children are our great- 
est natural resource, and we must 
value them above all others. 

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readers and 
those who 
may have picked 
up an issue for the 
first time: 

Two weeks 
ago, we ran a column, "Opinionated 
Spirits: One night stand," featuring 
material that can easily be consid- 
ered "adult content" and was, by 
some, considered sexist, crude and 
completely inappropriate. Please 
let me explain why this ran before 
many of you storm our newsroom 
and hang us all. 

I, personally, hesitate to silence 
anyone. The First Amendment in our 
constitution allows for free speech, 
and I like to allow that freedom to 
our writers, and I feel pretty bad 
about telling someone "Sorry, your 
voice doesn't belong in our paper." 

But please do not think for a 
moment that I believe freedom of 
speech trumps everything else, in- 
cluding what constitutes decency in 
our community. When I first read the 
column, it was everything I enjoyed 
in writing. Edginess and limit-push- 

ing topics get things done. 

However, in retrospect, I will 
concede that points could've been 
made without some of the... color- 
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There is no retraction here, no 
clarification to be made. As Editor in 
Chief of the Current Sauce, I apolo- 
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I can only say in my defense 
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phrases used in the column. 

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Demons finish 
dismal season 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter. 

The Demon Football team ran 
the table in reverse, losing all 
1 1 games this season. 
On a rainy Saturday afternoon, 
the Demon football team faced the 
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. 

The Lumberjacks defeated the 
Demons 19-10 and won at least a 
share of the Southland Conference 
and the coveted rivalry trophy, Chief 

The no. 2 nationally ranked of- 
fense of SFA posted great numbers 
on the field, 410 yards, but the Pur- 
ple Swarm defense of the Demons 
didn't break completely. 

NSU held the Lumberjacks to 
19 points, a score well below their 
nation's best 39-point average. 

"I could not have asked for any 
greater effort from our team," first- 
year Demons coach Bradley Dale 
Peveto said. "We were so close to 
winning this game, against a very 
good opponent. I'm so proud of our 
guys who refused to quit, who bat- 
tled until the final horn." 

The game was closely contested 

for the first half. 

The Demons drew first blood 
and punched in a three-yard run by 
William Griffin to cap off a 71 -yard 
opening drive. 

The Lumberjacks returned the 
favor by scoring on their next drive. 

SFA kicker Evan Engwall nailed 
a 29-yarder to cap off a 1 2-play 62- 
yard drive of their own. 

The Lumberjacks would pull 
ahead their next time out. 

SFA quarterback Jeremy Moses 
completed a 31 -yard pass to wider 
receiver Graly Crawford for a touch- 
down to make the score 1 0-7. 

The Demons would eventually 
knot the score. 

Four minutes into the second 
quarter, John Shaughnessy, one of 
14 true freshmen to play this season, 
kick a 20-yard field goal to finish a 
92-yard drive. 

Those would be the last points 
the Demons score in the 2009 foot- 
ball season. The Demons had 365 
total offense yards. 

True freshman wide receiver 
Bradley Brown had a career-best 
seven catches for 139 yards while 
senior wide receiver Darius Duffy's 
nine catches gave him 54 on the 

season, breaking the school's single 
season reception record of 52. 

True freshman quarterback Paul 
Harris threw for 26 1 yards and con- 
nected with his targets 28 times out 
of 43 and ran for 49 yard on 1 5 car- 

"SFA made the pivotal plays to 
get ahead and to stop us," Peveto 
said. "We made a lot of plays our- 
selves, in all three phases, but they 
made a couple more and that was the 

The outcome sealed the first 
winless season in moder-day history 
for the Demons, who suffered a pair 
of 1-10 season in 1974-75. 

However, SFA was able to com- 
plete a recovery from an 0-1 1 season 
in 2007 to capture its first conference 
championship since 1999. 

Even though the season finished 
on a sour note, there was a bright 
spot for the Demons football team. 

11 players from NSU were se- 
lected to the All-SLC Team. 

Headlined by a senior defensive 
tackle, Albert Smith was a first team 

Senior safties Wesley Eckles 
and Gary Riggs were selected for the 
second team, All-SLC. 

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Kappa Sigma fined for violating code of conduct 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The Kappa Sigma Fraternity 
Board of Directors has fined 
NSU's Theta Mu chapter 
S 1,000 after ruling that members 
within the chapter violated the fra- 
ternity's code of conduct by buying 
a keg of alcohol with the organiza- 
tion's funds. 

The Board of Directors began 
their investigation on Nov. 13 after 
receiving a tip from an NSU student, 
and the chapter was indefinitely sus- 
pended during the duration of the 
investigation in accordance to pro- 

When initially interviewed, 
Steve Horton, NSU's chapter faculty 
adviser, said he was confident that 
the Board of Directors had no sub- 
stantial evidence against the chapter. 

He said his assumptions were 
based on the findings of George 
Jackson, the district grand master for 
the north Louisiana region of Kappa 
Sigma Fraternity, who was sent to 
personally investigate the issue. 

Following Jackson's report, 
however, the Board of Directors still 
found the chapter guilty. 

Horton explained that when he 
was informed of the Board of Di- 
rectors' ruling, he was both slightly 
worried and curious to see what the 
chapter's punishment would be. 

"I've seen situations where 
chapters in the same situation have 
been given just a minor slap on the 
wrist and others lose their charter," 
Horton. "It really could've swung 
both ways." 

The chapter was already on al- 
cohol suspension as a result of mem- 
bers violating the fraternity's code of 
conduct in 2008 in an incident con- 
cerning their involvement in dress- 
ing up in "black-face" and partici- 
pating in a "slav e auction." 

The original requirements for 
having the suspension lifted includ- 
ed each member completing about 
30 hours of community service and 
raising $50 for a philanthropy proj- 
ect, Horton said. 

Because they had not yet com- 
pleted these requirements, the Board 

of Directors added the SI, 000 fine 
and a raised GPA requirement to the 
original list. 

Horton said he thinks the pun- 
ishment is rough, but fitting, and 
added that it could have been worse. 

Since having the new punish- 
ment added to the list of require- 
ments to be taken off suspension, 
Horton said members of the NSU 
chapter have already raised the 
funds and completed the community 
service hours required. 

"What they did was inappropri- 
ate, but I think they met their disci- 
pline head on and fulfilled what has 
been asked of them," Horton said. 

Within the next week or so, the 
chapter will fill out the necessary- 
paperwork to request a lift of its al- 
cohol suspension, Horton said. He 
said this process could take about 
two months. 

Horton said he believes, that af- 
ter all of this, the NSU chapter has 
finally learned from their mistakes. 

"You can only have so many 
learning experiences before people 
give up on you," Horton said. 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 
The Internal Board of Directors ruled that the NSU chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity violated the organization's 
code of conduct. The chapter has been fined $1 ,000 and is required to raise its grade point average. 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 
Gov. Bobby Jindal discusses with NSU students about their experiences with working with the NSU Elementary 
Lab School. The tour of the school was one aspect of Jindal's visit to the university on Dec. 1 5. 

Gov. Jindal visits university 

David Royal 

News Editor 

NSU officials and students 
hosted a relatively short-notice visit 
from Gov. Bobby Jindal Dec. 15. 

The purpose of the governor's 
trip to Natchitoches was to observe, 
first-hand, how the university is op- 
erating in the midst of the state's ma- 
jor budget cuts. 

Although they only had a few 
days notice, NSU President Ran- 
dall Webb said he and his staff were 
pleased to have Jindal come. 

"You're always honored when 
the governor can pay a visit," Webb 

In addition to numerous NSU 
officials, Senator Gerald Long and 
Natchitoches Mayor Wayne McCul- 
len were present for the governor's 

The trip consisted of an infor- 
mational presentation from NSU of- 
ficials in Magale Recital Hall, musi- 
cal performances from NSU CAPA 

students and tours of the NSU Ele- 
mentary Lab School and Williamson 

Webb explained that, originally, 
Jindal's staff told NSU officials to 
plan for the governor to stay on cam- 
pus for only an hour. 

Jindal and his staff, however, 
decided to stay an additional hour as 
the tour was taking place. 

Associate Provost Steve Hor- 
ton, who helped organize the gov- 
ernor's tour and assisted with the 
presentation, said he was pleasantly 
surprised to see that the governor 
spent additional time with NSU. 

"It is definitely a positive that he 
was interested enough to give us an 
extra hour," Horton said. 

Webb said that Jindal seemed 
most interested in learning more 
about how NSU has evolved from 
a single campus to a properly func- 
tioning distance learning educational 
institution and how the elementary 
lab school operates. 

Jindal spent the majority of the 

time in the elementary school ob- 
serving the different teachers and 

"I think he saw that there was a 
real camaraderie in the school, and 
more importantly, that the kids are 
learning," Horton said. 

Additionally, Webb said that 
NSU's culinary program showcased 
its department and skills by prepar- 
ing a gift of chocolate chip cookies 
for the governor - one of his favorite 

Both Webb and Horton agreed 
that they believed Jindal was genu- 
inely interested in the university's 
programs and was impressed with 
what he saw and heard. 

"I truly think he saw a positive 
force here at Northwestern," Horton 

Jindal's trip is just one of other 
planned trips to higher education in- 
stitutions across Louisiana. 

He has already visited both Mc- 
Neese State University and Louisi- 
ana Tech University. 

Students postpone education to serve nation 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Typically around this time of 
the year, students are beginning to 
settle in to their new classes. This, 
however, is far from the minds of 
NSU students Seth Cotsopoulos and 
D. J. Upton. 

This is because both Specialist 
Cotsopoulos and Private First Class 
Upton are preparing to deploy with- 
in the next month to southern Iraq 
with Natchitoches's local unit with 
the 2/108 Cavalry Squadron. 

Cotsopoulos and Upton, who 
are each 20 years old, will be de- 
ployed for 400 days and are among 
thousands of other young men and 

women who are not only pursuing a 
degree, but also serving their nation 
in the Army National Guard. 

This will be Cotsopoulos and 
Upton's first deployment overseas, 
but each said that they are as ready 
as they can be. 

"I'm pumped," said Cotsopou- 
los, who has been in the National 
Guard for three years "Most guys 
are kind of scared for "their first de- 
ployment, but we've been training 
for it for the past six months, and I'm 
ready for it." . 

He said that he and his unit have 
been focusing on areas such as ur- 
ban operations and convoy security. 
Cotsopoulos will primarily serve 
on the Squad Automatic Weapon 


"I'm not nervous because I trust 
my equipment and the people I work 
with," Cotsopoulos said. "I just try 
to think positive." 

Upton, who has been in the Na- 
tional Guard for nearly a year, re- 
flected a similar sentiment. 

"The main thing I'm worried 
about is how my family will take me 
being gone, but at least I know they 
will be here safe," Upton said. 

For the rest of this story, 
check out our website: 

City water issues result in NSU closure 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Writer 

Breaks in the city's water pipes 
caused NSU to temporarily close at 
the start of the 2010 spring semes- 
ter. Courtney Homsby, the director 
of programming and planning for 
Natchitoches, said there were sev- 
eral breaks in the pipes as a result 
of the below-freezing temperatures 
over the previous weekend. 

"The city experienced a sig- 
nificant decrease in w ater pressure," 
Hornsby said. "Crews worked all 
day to isolate the breaks." 

Hornsby also said that several 
schools, along with NSU, closed to 
help decrease the pressure on the 
pipes while they were repaired. 

NSU President Randall Webb 
explained that the university had no 
crucial reason to shut down the cam- 
pus, but instead ended classes pri- 
marily to assist the city in restoring 
wate pressure. 

NSU's Purple Alert system was 
in full effect that Monday to warn 
students of possible problems. Rob- 
ert Crew, the executive assistant to 
the president, said he was impressed 
with the successfulness of the pro- 

"The system did really well," he 


Crew said the university hopes 
to not overuse the Purple Alert sys- 
tem to the point when students disre- 
gard the messages. This most recent 
use was especially helpful for com- 
muting students. 

"It was effective in warning stu- 
dents and saving them time driving 
to and from campus." 

Rumors spread throughout the 
day that the city would be under a 
boil advisory and that water in the 
city would be shut off, but she said 
that never happened. The breaks 
were fixed and the water pressure 
was later restored. 

"The city has a great crew of 
trained professionals that worked 
around the clock all weekend," 
Hornsby said. 

Workers repaired the first prob- 
lems with the water pipes the city 
experienced over the weekend be- 
fore when the extreme temperatures 
hit Natchitoches, she said. 

Director of Natchitoches Utili- 
ties Bryan Wimberly said workers 
started shutting off water meters 
Saturday at private residences where 
water had ruptured. 

"Our system was not able to 

keep up with the extra demand over 
the weekend," he said. 

Wimberly said people running 
water continuously in order to keep 
their pipes from freezing caused the 
extraordinary demand. 

He also said that Monday the 
utility company asked certain busi- 
nesses to cut back their water use in 
order to decrease the demand being 
stressed on the city's water system. 
NSU was asked to cut back its use 
of its chillers and boilers in order to 

"We were not the reason for any 
of the school closures," Wimberly 


Schools in the Natchitoches area 
that closed did so for their own rea- 
sons, he said. Natchitoches Central 
High School's water meters were 
frozen that Monday morning, which 
kept the school from having any wa- 
ter. The school decided to close at 1 1 
a.m. after discovering this. 

The city's utility company was 
able to fix breaks and restore water 
pressure after different businesses 
and homes decreased their water us- 

Everything was back into full 
service by Tuesday morning, Wim- 
berly said. 


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Photo by: Sarah Cramer/Current Sauce 
Kristie Fields, the meter clerk at the City of Natchitoches Utility Service Center, 
answers a phone call from a local resident. Fields said the utility company re- 
cieved hundreds of calls about pipe problems when the temperature dropped 

last week. 

Sarah Cramer 

Staff Reporter 

Last weekend's drastic tempera- 
ture drop caused many Natchitoches 
residents to go without water, and 
gave NSU students off the second 
half of their first day of school. 

The problem originated outside 
of campus when the city's water 
pressure began dropping. Physical 
Plant Director Chuck Bourg ex- 
plained that this was a result of resi- 
dents keeping their faucets running 
in order to prevent their lines from 

"If [people] listen to the weather 
man say to go ahead and crack [their] 
pipes a little bit and everybody does 
that, then all of a sudden the pressure 
goes down really low," Bourg said. 

The utility company called that 

Monday to ask the school to con- 
serve as much water as possible in 
order to bring the pressure back up. 

"When the administration made 
the decision to go ahead and send 
everybody home and shut down at 
noon, that alleviated all the restroom 
problems and we gradually started 
building pressure back up," Bourg 

The sudden pressure drop was 
not the only thing the city has been 
dealing with, however. Because of 
the low temperatures, water lines 
throughout Natchitoches began 
freezing and the pipes starting bust- 

Several students that live off- 
campus experienced these problems 
in their own homes. Senior biology 
major Sarah Timmons went without 
water for five days after her neigh- 

bor's pipes busted. 

"It was miserable," Timmons 
said. "We had to go everywhere 
to take a shower. I had to go up to 
school to brush my teeth, but then 
the school didn't have any water, 
so someone had to give me a water 
bottle so I could brush my teeth." 

The school did not have many 
busted pipes and experienced little 

"We experienced some minor 
busted water lmes-basically some 
outdoor lines, like over at Warren 
Easton Lab School, and some minor 
things at a couple other buildings- 
that our people were able to go ahead 
and repair," Bourg said. 

There was also some minor 
flooding in Fournet Hall after a pipe 
busted on the second floor during the 
previous weekend, and the fire sprin- 
klers at University Place Phase 1 
went off, also as a result of a busted 

And, at around 8:00 a.m. Mon- 
day, the fire alarm in Russell Hall 
went off as a result of the drop in 

Bourg explained that the alarm 
sounded as a warning that, in case 
of an actual fire, there would not be 
enough water pressure to set off the 

"It has to have a constant pres- 
sure on it, otherwise it faults," Bourg 

"In case the building were to 
catch on fire, there wouldn't be 
enough water in the system." 

The city was able to have the 
water pressure back to normal by 
4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. 



Taylor Graves 

Staff Reporter 

Brides to be from surrounding 
areas attended the Blush and Bash- 
ful Bridal Affair Sunday afternoon at 
the Natchitoches Events Center. 

"The Blush and Bashful Bridal 
Affair was a huge success," Meagan 
Morace, Natchitoches Events Center 
employee and sophomore hospital 
management and tourism major, 

The Events Center was decorat- 
ed white linens and pink tulle to re- 
semble the famous blush and bashful 
themed wedding in Steel Magnolias. 
Vendors littered the Events Center's 
show room floor. The number of 
choices helped many brides with the 
decisions they have to make. 

"It helped me realize all the 
choices I had," Rachel Oliver, fresh- 
man general studies major, said. 

Door prizes donated by local 
stores and vendors were given away 
throughout the afternoon. The most 
expensive door prize was a jewelry 
set worth $2,000. 

"My favorite part of the show 
was when four contestants stuck 
their face in a huge cake to find a 
plastic ring," Morace said. "Whoev- 
er found the ring got a set of jewelry 
worth $2000." 

Most brides were accompanied 
by their future husbands, so the 

Events Center made sure to be ready 
to entertain the men as well. 

"The man cave was a room with 
food, couches, video games and big 
screen TV's," Morace said. 

Morace also expressed the man 
cave was a big hit. but not all men 
went in. 

"[My finance] went to the show, 
but he stayed with me the whole 
time," Oliver said. 

Toward the end of the after- 
noon, attendees were able to watch a 
fashion show with clothes and mod- 
els from Natchitoches business. 
Women displayed bridal gowns, 
bridesmaid's dresses and mother of 
the bride dresses. The men modeled 
the latest styles in tuxes. Outfits for 
the flower girl and ring bearer \s ere 
also put on show. 

The bridal affair and man cave 
were sponsored by local Natchi- 
toches businesses. Cane River Elec- 
tronics and Terrell Brothers spon- 
sored and donated to the man cave 
while the City of Natchitoches and 
KP Jewelers supported the bridal af- 

With Natchitoches growing as 
a wedding destination, the Natchi- 
toches Events Center has hosted 
multiple bridal shows which get bet- 
ter each year. 

"I heard from several vendors 
and participants that the show was 
the best Bridal Affair yet at the 
events center," Morace said. 


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Half the Battle: Partisan care 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in chief 

Sweet merci- 
ful Jesus, 
how did I 
end up being a 
reguar on this page 

It's been far 
too long, my friends, since I've got- 
ten to rant at you all, and it feels 
good to be back. So, let's talk poli- 

It's coming down to the wire as 
the Democratic party tries to pass the 
top priority of the Obama adminis- 
tration: a new health care bill. 

"Obamacare" is a comprehen- 
sive plan that is, according to the 
bill, supposed to take a bunch of 
money and flush it into the states 
to bribe them to be for a new health 
care system. As for the actual ben- 
efits, I have no freakin' clue. 

Up until his announcement to 
send more troops to Afghanistan, 

the amount of money the House 
and Senate proposed we spend was 
greater than what we've spent on 
both wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) 

And, here's the awesome thing, 
we want to spend it in a recession. I, 
for one, am glad I did better in my 
economics class than our leaders. 

We're supposed to stockpile 
money in good economic times, and 
spend the surplus in the bad. We're 
only doing half of that. 

Why? Because we don't have 
any money. The most powerful na- 
tion on earth also has the largest 

So, let's spend money we don't 
have and raise taxes during a reces- 
sion, a theory which would actually 
get you stabbed by an economics 

Mary Landrieu, a woman I have 
never really had a problem with until 
recently, is accused of selling Loui- 
siana out., of taking bribes or what- 
ever negative slant has been given 

to the "deal" Harry Reid struck with 
her. That doesn't matter as much to 

While I am fairly certain a ma- 
jority percentage of people in Loui- 
siana don't want this bill to pass, it 
shows she sort of cares about Loui- 

Now, don't get me wrong. I 
would love a revised health system. I 
have two big problems with this bill. 
The first problem is the fact that I see 
all of this taking place and not once 
were we, as a people, asked what we 

Barack Obama gets into of- 
fice and immediately says to the 
Democratic leaders, "Get it done by 

Along the way, they didn't lis- 
ten to us, the majority whom don't 
want it... at least, according to the 

I've never really been confident 
that those people listen to us. They 
have their partisan agendas, and, 
frankly, their agendas suck. And it's 

on both sides, too. 

My other problem, like I've 
said, is the fact that we want to spend 
all this money when we don't have 

I don't know how many checks 
have to bounce before the govern- 
ment says, "Uh, we can't spend any- 

When I first got my checking 
account, it took one bad check to let 
me know that I should wait until I 
have money to spend it. 

I don't like it when the bank 
sends me angry letters. 

Even as I write this, Scott 
Brown has been announced as the 
winner of the senate race in Massa- 
chusetts, which, according to some, 
is a huge blow to the bill. 

Now the Democrats are going 
to do something unthinkable: rely on 
Nancy Pelosi. 

I wouldn't do anything like that. 
Ever. Primarily because I don't trust 
anyone who looks like the main an- 
tagonist of an "X-Files" episode. 

BS'in with the Bull: Unbelievable 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

reading this col- 
umn, and if you haven't... why the 
heck not? But, I digress. 

This football season has been 
very odd to me. You could have told 
me at the beginning of the season 
that the Saints would have made it to 
the NFC championship game, a 40 
year old man, would not only have 
the best statistical season of his ca- 
reer, but lead his team to the NFC 


You could have told me that a 
team that was 4- 1 2 the season before 
and with a rookie head coach and 
quarterback, that they would be in 
the AFC Conference championship. 
Oh and also that the Lions would 
win a game much less two. 

You could have said all that 
to me in the fall, and I would have 
thought you were crazy and off your 

I would also use what you told 
as fodder for peaceful sleep as I 
laugh at you on my way to la la land. 
However, you would have been 
right, and I honestly can't see how. 

The Saints, I know I'm going to 
catch flack for this but, are getting so 
very lucky it's just not funny. Some 
of the games they won they should 
not have even been close to winning. 
Also, Brett Favre. 

Who would have thought that 
he would have his best season ever. 
Not only did he have his best season 
but it was his best season by far, with 
him only throwing eight intercep- 
tions, the lowest amount ever. 

The Jets have completely blown 
my mind. Even if they could have 
had a grip on the space time continu- 
um and brought Joe Namath back, I 
still would not have believe that they 
would have beaten the Chargers, 
who had won 1 1 straight I mind you, 
this past Sunday. 

And as far as the Lions go, well, 
they looked much much better this 

So I say all that to tell you, don't 
ask me who is going to the Super 
Bowl, because honestly at this point 
in time after everything that has hap- 
pened, I'm a little scared to tell you 
because I'm sure I would be wrong. 

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Middle Child POV: 
Fading fads 

Paul Randall Adams 

Staff Columnist 


ula hoops, 
slinkies. Remote 
controlled cars, 
model airplanes, 
Stretch Armstrong. 
Fads. Trends. Out of style. 

4 For every generation, there has 
been some kind of trend, so fad that 
faded just as quickly as it began. 

Kids were hooked, instantly, on 
things such as origami, pop rocks, T- 
shirts that are far too large. 

Fads come and go in modern so- 
ciety, that's just a simple fact. Things 
stop being cool. 

Patriotism is one of those faded 
trends, one of those outdated fads. 

After World War II, people lined 
the streets throwing parades for re- 
turned soldiers, offering them a he- 
ro's welcome. 

During the war men wanted to 
sign up for the military. Many men 
were desperate to show their sup- 
port of the war efforts toward world 
peace. Many were willing to stop the 
abominations that were hailing in 

It was among the highest honors 
to be a soldier. 

Women waited impatiently for 
their fiances, husbands, boyfriends, 
sons to return from war. 

Each day they would write let- 
ters and try to busy themselves and 
go about life as if everything were 

And when they were finally re- 
united with their other halves, they 
would celebrate and rejoice for a 
safe return. 

Door steps were decorated with 
flags year-round and patriotic tunes 
reigned supreme on the radio sta- 

The Fourth of July was remem- 
bered, not just celebrated but reflect- 
ed upon. 

It was "in" to be patriotic. 

Today, that sense of patriotism 
is all but lost. 

Lee Greenwood is still proud 
to be an American, and the pledge 
of allegiance is still said daily, but 
where is the feeling behind these 

Men are more reluctant to fight 
a war that many feel is not ours to 

Women are less willing to wait 
for soldiers. We are less likely to 
support the war efforts. 

Where has our American sense 
of pride gone? We've since stopped 
boldly standing up and backing up 
the decisions of our president and 
nation's leaders. 

Did we simply stop living by 
blind faith that they had our best in- 
terests in mind? Did we wise up and 
start thinking for ourselves? 

Perhaps patriotism was truly 
a fad, something that's been extin- 
guished. Perhaps we allowed our be- 
liefs to be shattered, our dreams torn, 
with the chaos of the world. 

There's something sad about the 
loss of this once revered pride. Sol- 
diers are being disrespected by pro- 
testors nation-wide. 

For instance, look at the protest 
at St. Joseph, Mo. in 2005. Protes- 
tors invited themselves to the funeral 
of a soldier who was killed in Iraq, 
only to announce that his joining the 
military was a sin against God. 

According to a report from 
Kansas City news, one protestor 
even bore the message "Thank God 
for IEDs." IEDs are explosives that 
insurgents use to blow up military 

Soldiers should be treated with 
respect. They have seen things that 
many of us will never have to face. 
They have witnessed acts that we 
should never have to witness. 

Soldiers literally face the fire 
and take the bullets that we will nev- 
er have to come into contact with. 

You may not agree with the be- 
liefs of presidents, past, present or 
future. You may not agree with the 
reasons for being at war. 

That's completely fine. 

But the fact still remains - we 
are involved in a conflict. We are all 
caught up in this vicious cycle. 

And were it not for the sol- 
diers, the military nurses and doc- 
tors, those behind the scenes in the 
military, we would have to be facing 
those brutalities ourselves. 

So don't let the fad fade. Let 
those who are fighting know that 
they're fighting for something. 

Support your soldiers - they're 
working hard to support you. 

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Sports Editor 
January 20, 2010 

Demon basketball starts 
new year out shaky 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Coach Mike McConathy advises his team during a time out in the 95-89 loss to the Souther 
University of New Orleans Knights, on the first home game for the 2010 season. 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff reporter 

Going into the new year, the 
Demon basketball team's 
record was just under .500. 
If the team's New Year res- 
olution was to start off on the right 
foot, it didn't come true. 

The Demon basketball team has 
lost five consecutive games to start 
the new year, including three South- 
land Conference games. 

The Demons' first game of 
2010 was in College Station, Texas 
against Texas A&M. 

The Aggies started fast and 
didn't let up against the Demons. 
Texas A&M had a 22-point lead over 
NSU in the first eight minutes of the 

At the half, the Aggies led the 
Demons 49-24. In the second half, 
Texas A&M continued to cruise to 
victory defeating the Demons 89-63. 

"In fairness, I don't think A&M 
was at a fever pitch in the second 
half," NSU Demon Head Basketball 
Coach Mike McConathy said. 

"There were two teams giving 
good effort and trying to do good 
things within their systems. 

So out of a really bad situation 

for the first eight minutes, we were 
able to salvage some things and 
make some progress." 

The team shot 34 percent for the 
game, but kicked it up a notch in the 
second half shooting 47 perecent. 

The Demons' first home game 
of the new year would be a 95-89 
defeat at the hands of the NAIA 
Knights of Southern University of 
New Orleans. 

At the half, NSU led 35-23 but 
SUNO would eventually get on a 
scoring tantrum. 

SUNO made 12 of 17 buckets 
from behind the arc and took a 78-76 
lead with 3:40 left in regulation. 

The winner of the match 
couldn't be decided after the final 
buzzer so the game went to over- 

In OT, the Demons fell behind 
and could never get within one score. 

"SUNO played like I would like 
to see us play — with tremendous ef- 
fort and energy, unselfish ball move- 
ment, and with great focus," Mc- 
Conathy said. "I've been coaching a 
long time and that is as hot as I've 
seen a team get for an extended pe- 

The Demons opened up South- 
land Conference play in Thibodaux. 

NSU started red hot, nailing 67 per- 
cent of the team's first-half shots. 

All of that would fade away as 
the Colonels' defense became stingy 
and offense fiery to help push them 
to a 79-72 comeback win over the 

Nicholls made 50 percent of 
their second-half shots and made 24 
of 3 1 free throws. 

NSU made 67 percent of their 
shots from the charity strip but only 
made 1 3 of 22 in the second half. 

The Demons played their third 
conference game Saturday against 
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. 

The Islanders escaped un- 
scathed in conference play with a 
late push to give them a 98-83 win 
over the Demons. 

This loss gave NSU their fifth 
straight of the new year and third 
conference loss. Next Saturday. 
NSU hosts Nicholls in Prather Coli- 

The Demons hope to get their 
first w in of 2010 as they try to put 
the beginning of year behind them. 

Also, the game is being adver- 
tised as a "White-Out," so all NSU 
fans are asked to come out and sup- 
port the team and wear all white hats 
and shirts. 

Saturday, January 23 • 2 p.m. • Prather Coliseum 


Lady Demon basketball garner 
momentum in time for conference 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

The Lady Demons' stock- 
ing after the Christmas 
break was full of treats and 
lumps of coal. 

The NSU ladies played six 
games over the course of the holiday 
break and finished with a 3-3 record 
during over the holiday. 

The break started with a 93-62 
victory over the Grambling Lady Ti- 
gers. Brooke Shepard led all scorers 
with 1 9 points. 

Meredith Graf was second with 
16, while Brittany Kinlaw and Jes- 
sica McPhail added 13 points. 

Lynzee Green led the Lady De- 
mons in rebounds with 9. 

"We played a good solid 
game, we played well together and 
it showed," junior guard Brooke 
Shepard said. 

The next two games in line for 
the Lady Demons would be marked 
down as lumps of coal. 

NSU traveled to the University 

of Memphis and Rice University and 
lost 73-58 and 57-48, respectively. 

In the Rice game, Brittany 
Houston led the Lady Demons in 
points, with 15. 

Sherrion Thomas also had a 
double-digit performance on the 
boards, leading NSU with 1 1 . 

"It's tough when you have to 
travel," Head Coach Jennifer Graf 
said. "Especially when you have to 
play quality opponents. That's still 
no excuse, we just looked a bit flat, 
but we will get things together and 
play the basketball we know we 
should be playing." 

Turn it around is exactly what 
they did. The Lady Demons would 
go on to win three of its next four 

With the three wins coming 
aganist: Southern-New Orleans, 
79-48, Nicholls 97-67, Southeastern 
Louisiana 79-74. 

"It felt good to get back on 
track," Graff said. "It's also really 
nice to start conference out with two 
straight wins. If we can keep this 

momentum going throughout all of 
conference play, we will be major 
players come tournament time." 

The last game of the holiday 
schedule for the Lady Demons end- 
ed with a loss against Texas A&M- 
Corpus Christi by the score of 75-66. 

Due to her back-to-back 20+ 
point games, Brittany Houston finds 
herself one of the Louisiana Sports 
Writers Association player of the 
week. Houston leads the Lady De- 
mons in scoring with 12.6 points per 

"It feels good to be selected," 
junior guard Brittany Houston said. 
"I wish that it could have been in a 
total winning effort but, I'm honored 

The Lady Demons look to get 
back in action this Saturday as the 
play host to Nicholls. Tip-off is set 
for 2 p.m. 

Also, it's part of double header 
and a "White-Out," where everyone 
is suppose to come out and support 
the Demon basketball teams by 
wearing all white. 

Calendar of All NSU Sporting Events 

Fri, Jan 22 


Purple Invitational 

at Baton Rouge 

12:30 p.m. 

Wed, Feb 17 




7:00 P.M. 

Sat, Jan 23 




2:00 P.M. 

Wed, Feb 17 


McNeese State * 

at Lake Charles 

7:00 p.m. 

Sal, Jan 23 




4:00 P.M. 

Fri, Feb 19 



at Baton Rouge 

12:30 p.m. 

Wed, Jan 27 



at Nacogdoches, TX 

7:00 p.m. 

Fri, Feb 19 




1:30 P.M. 

Wed, Jan 27 




7:00 P.M. 

Fri, Feb 19 


Southern Mississippi 

at Hattiesburg 

4:00 p.m. 

Sat, Jan 30 


Indoor Track & Field 

at Houston, TX 

All Day 

Fri, Feb 19-21 


South Alabama Invitational 

at Mobile, AL 

6:30 p.m. 

Sat, Jan 30 


Louisiana Tech 

at Ruston 

1:30 p.m. 

Sat, Feb 20 


Southern Mississippi 

at Hattiesburg 

1:00 p.m. 

Sat. Jan 30 




2:00 P.M. 

Sat, Feb 20 



at Beaumont, TX 

2:00 p.m. 

Sat. Jan 30 


Central Arkansas* 

at Conway, AR 

4:00 p.m. 

Sat, Feb 20 




2:00 P.M. 

Wed, Feb 3 


McNeese State * 

at Lake Charles Civic Center 

7:00 p.m. 

Sun, Feb 21 



at Houston, TX 

10:00 a.m. 

Wed, Feb 3 




7:00 P.M. 

Sun, Feb 21 


Southern Mississippi 

at Hattiesburg 

1:00 p.m. 

Sat, Feb 6 


Texas Tech Invitational 

at Lubbock, TX 

All Day 

Tue, Feb 23 




6:30 P.M. 

Sat. Feb 6 




2:00 P.M. 

Wed, Feb 24 




5:00 P.M. 

Sat, Feb 6 


Texas -Arlington* 

at Arlington, TX 

7:00 p.m. 

Wed, Feb 24 




7:00 P.M. 

Wed, Feb 10 




7:00 P.M. 

Wed, Feb 24 


Texas -San Antonio* 


7:00 p.m. 

Wed, Feb 10 


Stephen F. Austin * 

at Nacogdoches, TX 

7:00 p.m. 

Fri, Feb 26-27 


SLC Indoor Championship 

at Norman. OK 

All Day 

Sat, Feb 13 


Southern Mississippi 

at Hattiesburg. MS 

10:00 a.m. 

Fri, Feb 26-28 


SFA Invitational 

at Nacogdoches, TX 

Sat Feb 13-14 


ULM Mardi Gras Classic 

at Monroe 

Sat, Feb 27 




11:00 A.M. 

Sat, Feb 13 


Central Arkansas* 

at Conway, AR 

2:00 p.m. 

Sat, Feb 27 



at Gainesville, FL 

12:00 p.m. 

Sat, Feb 13 




2:00 P.M. 

Sat, Feb 27 



at Gainesville, FL 

2:30 p.m. 

Wed, Feb 17 




12:00 P.M. 

Sat, Feb 27 




2:00 P.M. 

Wed, Feb 17 




4:00 P.M. 

Sat, Feb 27 


Texas State * 

at San Marcos, TX 

4:00 p.m. 

Wed, Feb 17 




6:00 P.M. 

Sun, Feb 28 



at Gainesville. FL 

11:00 a.m. 

Sun, Feb 28 




11:00 a.m 

* denotes SLC conference game 

BOLD denots home game 

Current Sauce 

Northwestern State University 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 ♦ Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Student Newspaper of NSU since 1914 ♦Volume 95: Issue 15 

offers new 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The Student Government Asso- 
ciation passed a bill Monday 
that will expand the organiza- 
tion's scholarship recipient list to in- 
clude its departments' commission- 

Although the bill cannot take ef- 
fect until the next fiscal year, SGA's 
commissioners will be awarded a 
$200 scholarship per semester. 

The three departments that the 
scholarships cover are Academic Af- 
fairs, Student Affairs and External 
Affairs. The commissioner of the 
Internal Affairs will not receive the 
new $200 scholarship because it is 
filled by the Speaker of the Senate, 
who already receives a larger execu- 
tive scholarship. 

SGA President Kayla Wingfield 
said the new scholarships will sim- 
ply serve as a small reward for the 

"It's really the least we can do," 
Wingfield said. "[Commissioners] 
are asked to do a lot for the SGA, 
and until now, they did it all for 

Wingfield added that she hopes 
the scholarships will also serve as an 
incentive for future Senators consid- 
ering filling the role as a commis- 

"I think this will help people see 
that the sacrifice of time that comes 
along with the job is worth it," she 

SGA Treasurer Shanice Major 
explained during the SGA's meeting 
on Monday that funding the three 
new scholarships would not be a 

Major said that out of the orga- 
nization's $22,500 allocated for this 
semester, only $13,162 is estimated 
to be needed at the moment. 

This leaves roughly $9,000 un- 
touched and to be rolled over for the 
next semester's budget. 

If nothing changes next fis- 
cal year, funding allocated for SGA 
scholarships will be set to about 

Other SGA news 

At their meeting Monday, SGA 
Speaker of the Senate Patrick Brooks 
made a promise to those in atten- 
dance that by the end of this week, 
all of the bills passed last semester 
will be posted on the SGA Internet 

Additionally, Brooks said that 
those who visit the site will be able 
to track the progress of the bill and 
whether the university officials have 
decided to take them into consider- 

Also, Wingfield will be giving 
her State of the University Address 
Feb. 9 in the Ora G. Williams TV 
Studio at 6 p.m. 

The speech will be recorded and 
televised on NSU 22. 

Photo by Charlie Johnson/ The Current Sauce 
The Demons basketball team pulls off an impressive victory over Nicholls State University in double overtime, 99-98. Junior guard Devon Baker leaves 
the air while taking a shot during Saturday's "White-Out" game. For more about the game, check out page four. 

Northwestern State ' drops the axe' 

Budget cuts result in university employees losing jobs 

David Royal 

News Editor 

As a result of an additional $2.2 
million cut in the university's 
budget, NSU informed 19 
incumbent employees in De- 
cember that their employment will 
not be renewed the next fiscal year, 
said NSU President Randall Webb. 

Additionally, Webb said the 
university plans to send at least 20 
letters to NSU personnel by March 
1 informing them that they will no 
longer have their jobs next year. 

"There's nothing easy about 
this," Webb said. "It's really heart 

Webb explained that he hoped 
the situation would not result in the 
loss of jobs, but said there was little 
choice after the state gave the higher 
education system an $84 million 
mid-year cut. 

"Our faculty didn't do anything 
wrong to deserve this," Webb said. 
"Unfortunately, it still had to be 
done though for financial reasons." 

Samantha Sullivan, who was 
an instructor for the Department of 
Language and Communications, 
was one of the 19 employees who 
were informed in December that 
they would no longer have a job at 

Sullivan, who had been teach- 
ing at NSU since 2007, said the let- 
ter she received from the university 
was straight to the point and gave no 
clear reason as to why she was los- 
ing her job. 

"[The letter] was short, very 
plain and very simple," Sullivan 

Although no reason was pro- 
vided in the letter, Sullivan said she 
understood why she and others were 
losing their jobs. 

"Since last year, the university 
has did a good job of keeping us all 
informed of the budget situation," 
Sullivan said. "It at least wasn't a 
complete surprise." 

Sullivan explained that she is 
obviously not happy with the situ- 
ation, but added that she knows the 
university and state are in a difficult 

situation, and little else could be 

Like last fiscal year's mid-year 
cut of $2.1, Webb said this cut of 
$2.2 for the remaining six months of 
the fiscal year was originally unex- 

"We tried our best to prepare for 
the possibility of another mid-year 
cut, but we had hoped it wouldn't 
happen," Webb said. 

This recent cut sets the state's 
total reduction of NSU's funding up 
to 16.7 percent for the past year - 
$49.6 million to $41.3 million. 

NSU positions being lost, how- 
ever, is only one effect of the $2.2 
million cut, Webb said. 

Funding for adjunct instruction 
has been reduced by $600,000, stu- 
dent employment by $100,00, grad- 
uate assistantships by $125,000 and 
support budgets by $650,000. 

Despite cuts in its funds, no stu- 
dents or graduate assistants have lost 
their jobs, Webb said. 

Also, 25 more vacant faculty 
and staff positions have been fro- 
zen, which brings the total number 

of eliminated positions at NSU over 
the past year to 101. 

Other options that may be taken 
to alleviate the strain of the budget 
cuts would be to administer faculty 
and staff furloughs and to either 
eliminate or consolidate smaller 
NSU education programs, Webb 

Webb said it is true that the uni- 
versity and state is in an extremely 
negative time, but added that NSU 
has been through times like this be- 

"It's always good to recall our 
history," Webb said. 

He explained that up until the 
past 20 years or so, NSU was one of 
the lowest funded higher education 
institutions in the state. 

The university did not begin 
receiving a significant amount of 
funding until recently, but Webb said 
NSU still managed to grow and pro- 
duce quality students. 

"Northwestern will keep func- 
tioning," Webb said. "We'll find a 

Committee reviews efficiency of degree programs 

Sarah Cramer 

Staff Writer 

Because of the state's recent 
budget cuts, the Louisiana 
Board of Regents has formed 
the Louisiana Postsecondary Educa- 
tion Review Commission, requiring 
schools across Louisiana to take a 
look at their programs offered. 

The ultimate goal of the com- 
mission is to find ways to potentially 
cut costs within degree programs. 

"We know that we're facing 
some pretty tough economic times 
in the state," said Lisa Abney. NSU's 
acting provost and vice president 

for Academic and Student Affairs . 
"Not just Northwestern, but all the 
universities are having some serious 
budget issues, and this is a time that 
we've really got to start looking at 
our programs, and looking at those 
programs that maybe have decreased 
in popularity." 

NSU created the Program Re- 
view Committee in early January to 
look at its own programs, to come up 
with ideas to present to NSU Presi- 
dent Randall Webb and his Cabinet. 

Then, he and the Cabinet will be 
making the final decisions to present 
to the board, which will be holding 
a review of the state's universities 

later in the semester. 

"We're trying to be proactive 
so we'll have our ducks in a row to 
be ready for the Board of Regents," 
Committee Chair and Director of the 
School of Creative and Performing 
Arts Bill Brent said.. 

The committee, which is made 
up of members from each college at 
the university, is looking at the num- 
ber of students completing the pro- 
grams, as well as the costs of each 
program, as required by the board. 

Each program on campus is be- 
ing reviewed, and the committee is 
finding ways they can run as effec- 
tively and cost-efficient as possible. 

The Board of Regents recently 
conducted a low-completer review 
to find which programs had the least 
amount of students finishing de- 

"Now we were lucky," Abney 
said. "At Northwestern we didn't 
have any programs on the lower- 
completer list." 

For the rest of the story, 
check out: 

center to be 
at 'heart' 
of campus 

Taylor Graves 

Staff Writer 

Construction plans for a new 
three-story Student Service 
Center on West Caspari Street 
are coming together. 
The center will house all offices 
a student would need to communi- 
cate with NSU. 

These offices include the Office 
of Recruiting, Admissions, Financial 
Aid and Scholarships, Enrollment 
Management, Registrar's Office, 
Student Accounting and One Card 

"The Student Services Center 
will be a one stop shop for student 
services," said Chuck Bourg, direc- 
tor of physical plant operations. 

The main idea behind the new 
center is to make transactions be- 
tween the university and the students 
easy and convenient. 

"It should be a more convenient 
location in the heart of campus to 
take care of all of the student's needs 
with respect to finance, registration 
and payment of fees," Bourg said. 

NSU President Randall Webb 
agreed with Bourg that the center 
will be a valuable aspect to the uni- 

"It will put a greater focus right 
in the center of the campus, where 
all of the university's major func- 
tions can be found," Webb said. 

Although it is only a prelimi- 
nary plan at the moment, Webb said 
he hopes to eventually have his of- 
fice moved into the Student Service 
Center once it is completed. 

Webb said he thinks it is only 
logical for him to be present in the 
mix of students and be more avail- 
able if students have problems while 
trying to handle issues at the center. 

NSU student Ron'eeka Hill said 
she appreciates the convenience the 
new center will provide. 

"I am very involved on NSU's 
campus, and every minute of my day 
counts and must be used wisely," 
said Ron'eeka Hill, a junior English 
major. "The new Student Services 
building will be an awesome way to 
get more accomplished in one stop." 

Construction bids for the cen- 
ter will go out in the beginning of 
March with construction possibly 
commencing late spring 2010 se- 

With the construction taking 
approximately 12 to 18 months, the 
center should be ready by the sum- 
mer or fall semester of 2011, Bourg 

With the building of the center, 
NSU is adding the first brand new 
building on campus in 30 years. 
Recent construction projects on the 
Wellness, Recreation and Activity 
Center and Williamson Hall were 
only renovations. 

"[The Student Services Center] 
will be the first time since 1979 that 
a new building will be constructed 
from the ground up on our campus 
and shows a real positive sign of 
growth," Bourg said. 

"Students should only have to 
go to one building in order to take 
care of business." 


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January 27, 2010 




Chinese Restaurants 
in U.S.A. 

New Cajun eatery 
comes to Front Street 





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Etymology: Latin 

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a particular region 
or country; native 1 

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l. autochthonous, 
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Taylor Graves 

Staff Reporter 

To add to the changes around 
town and on campus, students now 
have the option of The Carriage 
Way. a Cajun deli on Front Street. 

"Their food is some of the best 
Southern Cajun food I've ever eat- 
en," Alex St. sophomore psychology 
major Romain, said. 

The Carriage Way celebrated 
it's grand opening last Thursday 
with Natchitoches residents and 
NSU students. 

Attendees were offered a variety 
of foods and drinks from the menu, 
including gumbo and jambalaya. 

Kim Habig, the owner of Car- 
riage Way Cajun Deli expressed that 
operators and chefs Layne Miller 
and Tim Brogen have several years 
of experience in the food and cater- 
ing industry, making both men per- 
fect for running the restaurant. 

"We like to please people, and 
people who are enjoying food are 
happy," Miller said. 

With this attitude, Miller and 
Brogen are open to offering any kind 
of food at The Carriage Way. 

"We're offering Cajun food 
now, but nothing is out of bounds," 
Miller said. 

Miller and Brogen both want to 
hear from costumers on what kind of 
food Natchitoches residents would 
like to be served. 

"If there's a big enough demand 
for a certain food, no matter how 

The Carriage Way, in a once-empty 

crazy, then it will go on the menu," 
Miller said. 

"We like taking food and push- 
ing it to limits it hasn't been taken 
to," Brogen said. 

According to Habig, the Car- 
riage Way offers sit down dining or 
take out food to accommodate all 
costumers, and promised that cater- 
ing will be offered soon. 

The history behind the Carriage 
Way's location played an important 
role in Habig's decision. 

"I've been wanting to do this for 
a long time," Habig said. 

"I mean where else can you go 

Photo by Taylor Graves/Current Sauce 
breezeway on Front Street. 

to get such authenticity." 

The Carriage Way is located in 
an original carriage passage used by 
residents during the 1800s. 

Although The Carriage Way is 
located downtown and more conve- 
nient for Natchitoches residents and 
tourists, Miller and Brogen look for- 
ward to serving NSU students. 

"We've always supported 
Northwestern," Miller said. "I truly 
believe Northwestern is what makes 
Natchitoches a special place." 

Both men are looking into find- 
ing a way to draw NSU students to 
The Carriage Way Deli. 


Top priority for Service Learning 

Taylor Graves 

Staff Reporter 

AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. 
Jim Hurley, plans to organize events 
for NSU students to raise awareness 
of poverty and help the local poverty 

"Hurley was hired by the 
service learning department to help 
reach out to student groups on cam- 
pus," Steven Gruesbeck, director of 
service learning, said. 

Poverty became the service 
learning center's main focus due to 
information found through the US 
Census Bureau. 

Louisiana has the second high- 
est poverty rate in the United States, 
and 28 percent of citizens in Natchi- 
toches Parish live below the poverty 
level, according to the US Census 

Since September, Hurley has 
focused on working with the staff 
and faculty, but is eager to work with 

The campus is very friendly, 
and it is nice to work with students 
genuinely excited to help. Hurley 

Hurley and the service-learning 
center are trying to get NSU organi- 
zations involved in the Natchitoches 
Kid City program. 

Kid City is a grant-funded or- 
ganization to help Kindergarten 
through eighth grade students in 
low-income families. 

Beta Beta Beta and Students In 
Free Enterprise (SIFE) are already 
working with Hurley to plan service 
projects with the kids, Hurley said. 

"We're trying to develop pro- 
grams college students can do to 
help educate our youth," Gruesbeck 

SIFE plans on teaching the Kid 
City participants about recycling and 
the effects of littering. 

"We try to teach kids things 
from a young adults perspective," 
Kelvin Binns, president of the orga- 
nization, said. 

"SIFE has learned that students 

Photo by Taylor Graves/Current Sauce 

AmeriCorp VISTA volunteer Jim 

are willing to listen to us just be- 
cause they know that we were just in 
their shoes only a few years ago." 

SIFE members are happy to 
have Hurley as a contact and helper 
with planning service projects. 

"He has allowed us to expand 
the age, race and gender of students 
that we are able to work with," Binns 

"Through his efforts SIFE has 
been welcomed into different school 
and classroom settings that we oth- 
erwise were not able to obtain." 

Although youth is a priority, the 
service-learning center understands 
other areas of Natchitoches are af- 
fected by poverty. 

"We are open to working to ad- 
dress poverty with any community 
group," Gruesbeck said. 

Hurley is also willing to work 
with student groups on projects oth- 
er than poverty related. 

Other local organizations Hur- 
ley and Gruesbeck plan to work with 
are the Boys and Girls Club and the 
LSU Agricultural Center. 

They also want to work on or- 
ganizing events for Green Week of 
Service during April for students to 
get involved. 

Fast Fact 

May. 12, 2008. About 70,000 people were killed and 18,000 people were reported missing after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan, China. 

July 15, 1991. Mt. Pinatubo on Luzon Island in the Philippines erupted, blanketing 750 square kilometres with volcanic ash. More than 800 died. Every 

year about 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced. 

May 3, 2008. Cyclone Nargis, swept along by winds that exceeded 190 kmh and waves six metres high struck the Burmese peninsula and may have left as 

many as 100,000 dead, according to U.S. estimates. 

1900 to present. Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in the developing world even though it is curable and largely preventable. According t 
World Health Organization, malaria causes severe illness in 500 million people each year and kills more than a million annually. 

On February 11, The Real Views and 
Natchitoches Nursing and Rehab will host a 
fundraiser for the people of Haiti. 

Natchitoches Nursing and Rehab will provide 
jambalaya dinners for $5 per plate. Help them 
reach their goal of selling 1000 plates. All 
profits go to The Real Views Haitian Fund. 

If you wish to donate directly, visit your local 
Bank of Montgomery and make a deposit into 
The Real Views Haitian Fund. 


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Half the Battle: On many topics 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in chief 


s of 9:45 p.m. on the night be- 
fore this is- 

sue goes to 
press, I am totally 
clueless as to what 
I should lecture 
you folks on. 

we can discuss the 
professors of this school who feel 
the need to tell their classes that they 
keep every issue of this paper so that 
they may one day come to me and 
tell me just how wrong we are in our 
statistics and data. 

You know, I am all for you 
coming to me to tell me that we're 
wTong. I know we make some mis- 

I'm not so much in favor of 
you publically announcing to your 
classes how terrible we are without 

coming to me first. 

My e-mail address is at the 
top of this page, so please feel free 
to contact me so that we can discuss 
your complaints. 

Then again, we could dis- 
cuss the Supreme Court's decision 
to poke the average American voter 
in the eye. 

The Supreme Court de- 
cided to ease the restrictions on big 
corporations concerning how much 
money they can spend on political 
advertisements, etc. and labeled it as 
an issue of free speech. 

What the Supreme Court 
has done is effectively made big cor- 
porations political citizens, giving 
them rights they didn't need. 

That probably deserves its 
own column, though. 

Or we could discuss the 
Saints. The only thing I can say, 
though, is "Who dat?" 

Moving right along, Conan 

O'Brien versus Jay Leno. In what 
was possibly the greatest move in 
order to pick up ratings for a week, 
NBC knocked on O'Brien's door 
and said "Hey, you're underperform- 
ing, so we're giving your slot back 
to the guy you replaced and you're 
going to move to after midnight." 

Oddly enough, O'Brien re- 
plied with "Uhh... no?" 

It sparked the Late Night 
War of 20 1 0, one of the biggest con- 
flicts in recent military history. 

Possibly the greatest coup 
in history, Leno managed to wrangle 
his old job, effective March. 

Meanwhile, O'Brien got 
compensation in the Treaty of 11:35 
by getting $32 million for himself 
and $12 million total for his crew. 

The only good thing to 
come out of this war was the in- 
creased ratings all late night shows 
got for their excellent jokes on the 

Dynomite: I was wrong 

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'11 admit it. I didn't think that the 
Saints could 
"do it. 

you blame me? 

before you start 
saying I don't 
have faith or I'm 
a bandwagon, let 
me explain. 

I am a supporter of any- 
thing that's positive that comes from 
New Orleans: The Saints, Hornets, 
Zephyrs and the late New Orleans 

With that being said, I 
must say that I am extremely happy 
for the die-hards and those, like my- 
self, that love to see good things that 
involve New Orleans. 

To see the my city go in 
complete pandemonium and live a 

moment that seemed so distant was 

But, I digress. 

At the start of the season, 
the Saints started off smoking and 
by the bye week my opinion of how 
far the Saints could go changed. 

Granted, they did have a 
favorable schedule in the beginning 
of the season, but they did what they 
were supposed to do, and that is take 
care of business. 

They scored 144 points be- 
fore the bye and it was clear to see 
that Drew Brees and the Saints will 
light up the field again this year. 

Facebook updates about the 
Saints crowded my news feed but I 
wasn't overly impressed on how 
well and easily their offense scored 
on other teams. 

What fueled my change of 
heart was the defense of the Saints. 

I didn't think that the ac- 
quisition of Darren Sharper to an 
already misguided secondary would 

be of benefit. 

I didn't think that rookie 
Malcolm Jenkins would help out the 

I didn't think that Greg 
Williams, no matter how well he 
drew up blitz packages, would stop 
offenses from tearing the Saints' de- 
fense apart. 

Except for the Malcolm 
Jenkins part, the Saints defense 
raised many brows in the sports 
world, especially mine. 

The 33-year-old safety led 
the team with nine interception. 

The Saints defensive cap- 
tain Jonathan Vilma led the team in 
tackles with 110. 

The Saints' defense forced 
15 fumbles and intercepted nine 
passes, and there I was, actually 
starting to enjoy watching the home- 
town team play. 

All I have to say is, I was 


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Middle Child POV: 
Fashion statements 

Paul Randall Adams 

Staff Columnist 


he clothes make the man. 
It's a 



we've all heard a 
thousand times. 
And to some ex- 
tent, it could be 

For in- 
stance, whenever 
a man walks in 
for a job interview wearing jeans 
with holes in the knees and a wrin- 
kled shirt, he will not be considered 
as seriously as one who dressed 

Or, for instance, it's easy to 
tell the difference between an invest- 
ment banker and somebody who is 

But, the question remains - 
do the clothes truly make the man? 
Or does the man use the clothes to 
make a statement? 

This society has grown ri- 
diculous in its use of fashion. 

Sure, there are those who 
dress outrageously, like the recently- 
popular Lady Gaga. 

And yes, there are people in 
the world like Tyra Banks who make 
a living informing the world of the 
latest fashion. 

Often people talk about 
fashion statements. Stacy and Clin- 
ton on TLC's "What Not To Wear" 
often ask things like, "What is this 
statement? Besides 'I'm hideous,' I 

But there is a clear differ- 
ence between a fashion statement 
and a screaming match, which is 
what collegiate fashionistas seem to 
aim for as of late. 

It's affable that collegians 
are expected, in this day and age, to 
dress fashionably. 

Especially when this ex- 
pectation is upheld by the students' 
own peers. 

There aren't many students 
who truly have the time to absolutely 
look presentable in the mornings. 

After staying up far too 
late, finishing that assignment they'd 
forgotten about, the last thought that 
crosses one's mind is dressing nice- 


The clothes make the man. 

If that were true, then the 
Goodwill shoppers of America 
would never be the same person. 

How many judgments can 
truly be made on somebody who 
wears jeans and a t-shirt daily? 

It is not uncommon for girls 
to make fun of their peers for wear- 
ing the same sweatshirt days in a 
row, or for wearing jeans that are not 
in vogue. 

It's not uncommon to hear 
comments about the guy who wears 
flip-flops during the winter, or the 
girl who wears that silly cardigan 
every day. 

But, in all honesty, fashion 
doesn't matter. 

As long as the clothing isn't 
offensive, or revealing in a way that 
makes others uncomfortable, then it 
doesn't really affect anybody else. 

And therefore, it is nobody 
else's business. 

Admittedly, I am known to 
make fun of clothing, but even then, 
it's kept in mind that what somebody 
else is wearing does not affect me. 

This world is funny. 

We are so quick to make 
fun of the way others dress, and 
speak and walk. We often look for 
flaws on others, merely to point out 

But is it a flaw to wear the 
same jacket every day? 

Does it make you less valu- 
able as a person to not be up-to-date 
with the requirements of style? 

That is so silly. The ener- 
gies spent on such judgments should 
be focused on something more use- 

If we spent less time judg- 
ing others and less time perfecting 
ourselves, think of where we would 
be as a nation. 

If the color that Hayden Pa- 
nettiere dyed her hair is what is top- 
ping the news page on, 
then there is a problem. 

So work on it. Make a 


See where you, as a per- 
son, can go when you stop worrying 
about what everybody else is wear- 


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Sports Editor 
January 27, 2010 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

The gym silenced. 
Devon Baker stepped to 
the free throw line. He 
dribbled, looked at the goal, bended 
his knees and released. 

At that moment you could hear 
a pen drop in Prather Coliseum, but 
every on looking fan would soon 
scream their hearts out when, Baker 
sank the bucket to give the Demons 
the lead with 1 .2 seconds remaining. 

Baker intentionally missed the 
second free throw, and the remain- 
ing seconds ticked off the clock. 

"When I stepped to the line 
the only thing 1 could think of was 
game over," junior NSU guard Dev- 
on Baker said. "I missed two free 
throws before and I knew that there 
is no way I would miss a third." 

The Demon basketball team 
halted a six-game losing streak with 
a 99-98 double overtime win over 
the Nicholls State University Colo- 
nels Saturday in Prather Coliseum. 

"We were down and nearly out 
a couple of times, seven down with a 
minute left in regulation, seven down 
in the first overtime," NSU Demon 
Head Basketball coach Mike McCo- 
nathy said. "Things were tough. We 
shot 50 percent on free throws. We 
left a lot of room for improvement in 
many ways, but not with our effort, 
our teamwork, and having the chops 
to come back and win. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Michael McConathy (14) and William Mosley (42) play strong defense as the Demons won this past 
Saturday, 99-98 in double overtime to a "White Out" Prather Coliseum. 

"It wasn't our greatest win, it 
wasn't our best game, but it was def- 
initely one of our most timely wins 
in my time here." 

The win gave Northwestern 
their first Southland Conference win 
this season (6-1 1 overall, 1-3 confer- 
ence) as they avenge their loss at the 
hands of Nicholls two weeks ago. 

"We needed to win and we 

found a way to do it," McConathy 
said. "Now that monkey is off our 
backs and the guys can relax and go 
play a lot more confidently." 

Northwestern went ahead early 
in the first half and kept it that way 
until halftime at which they led 33- 

After halftime, the Demons 
went up 39-29, but the Colonels 

didn't give up. 

Nicholls' first lead of the game 
didn't come until 3:02 left in regu- 
lation. The Colonels went up 68-61 
with 1 :04 left when Nicholls' Anta- 
toly Bose scored five quick points. 

The Demons came back from a 
seven-point deficit to take the game 
into its first overtime. 

Will Pratt cut to the basket and 

scored a slam dunk that tied the 
game at 71 -all after he stole the ball 
to give the Demons possession in the 
previous play. 

The Colonels took the early 
lead in the first overtime, but Damon 
Jones and Baker put the Demons on 
a 8- 1 run. 

Nicholls took the lead again af- 
ter Tyson Briggs knocked in a few 
free throws with 19 seconds left in 
extended play. 

With 3.4 seconds left on the 
clock, Baker drove to the lane and 
hit the clutch finger-roll layup right 
before the sound of the buzzer. 

Jones led all Demons' scorers 
with a season-high 25 points. Pratt 
was right behind him with his ca- 
reer-high 22 points. Baker followed 
the two of them with 1 7 points of his 

As a whole, the Demons shot 
a season-best 60 percent from the 
floor but only made 50 percent of 
their free throws. 

The Demons play host to Ste- 
phen F. Austin Wednesday night as 
they try to make it two in a row. 

A win would put the team in a 
good position to make a run in the 

"We took a step in the right di- 
rection Saturday in the conference 
standings, and now the ball is in our 
court," McConathy said. "If we can 
beat SFA, that means at least five of 
the six teams in the East would have 
three league losses." 

Quick Box Score 

NSU 99-Nicholls 98 


Damon Jones 25 

Will Pratt 22 
Devon Baker 1 7 
Michael McConathy 1 6 


William Mosley 8 
Damon Jones 5 

Will Pratt 4 
Charles Clark 4 


Devon Baker 6 
Michael McConathy 4 
Dominck Kinght 3 


Will Pratt 4 
Devon Baker 2 
Three others with 1 


Damon Jones 1 
Aramie Brooks 1 

Lady Demons hope to keep 
momentum with SFA 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

After losing its first home 
game of the year last week- 
end, the Lady Demons bas- 
ketball team seemed to find 
its rhythm again in the 69-66 victory 
over the Lady Colonels of Nicholls 

"We really didn't have one of 
our greatest games offensively," 
Head Coach Jennifer Graf. "We 
committed too many turnovers, 
didn't really get a lot of good open 
looks, and didn't knock down our 
free throws. "But 
give credit to Nicholls, their defense 
is very difficult to run our offense 
against because we don't see that 
type of defense very often." 

NSU had its worst night from 
the charity stripe all season, as al- 
luded to by Graf. 

The Lady Demons only man- 
aged to sink 65 percent of its shots 

from the free throw line. 

NSU also only shot 50 percent 
from the floor on the night. 

"We weren't as crisp as we nor- 
mally had been," junior guard Anna 
Cate Williams said. "We seemed to 
have picked it up in the second half, 
which is good for us not only in that 
game but in our upcoming games 

NSU had four players dip into 
the double digits in scoring. 

Brittiany Houston and Lyndzee 
Green both scored a team high 15 
points. While Jessica McPhail and 
Trudy Armstead added 12 and 10, 

This win also marks the 340 lh 
all-time victory in NSU Lady De- 
mon basketball history. 

The Lady Demons' record now 
sits at 10-7 overall and 3-1 in the 
Southland Conference. 

NSU's next game is tonight at 
seven against archrival Stephen F. 
Austin (9-7,4-1 SLC). 

"This rivalry goes back a long 
time in the history of the programs," 
Graf said. "I remember every road 
game to SFA since being a play- 
er. Every game was so intense. I 
expect this game will be no differ- 

Not only is the game a big one 
because of who NSU is playing, but 
also it is important because what is 
on the line, first place in the East Di- 
vision in the SLC. 

The Lady Demons will travel to 
Nacogdoches, Texas tonight, where 
the Johnson Coliseum has been a 
place of horrors. 

NSU has only been able to 
muster four victories in the last 30 
played in the Johnson Coliseum. 

And this game won't be easy for 
the Lady Demons, because the La- 
dyJacks come into this game ranked 
16* in the NCAA in scoring while 
averaging 77.6 points per game. 

"If we don't turn the ball over, 
we will be successful," Graff said. 

Complete NSU results from the Purple Tiger Invitational: 


60m dash - Anna Forrest, 28th, 7.93; Angelica Kotun, 31st, 7.98; Shamiguin VanBuren, 34th, 
8.01; Amanda Freeman, 39th, 8.04; Constance Seibles, 52nd, 8.15; Tiwan Glover, 53rd, 8:15; 
Whitney Smith, 76th, 8.36; Phyllis Iheanacho, 84th, 8.67 
Mile run - Karensa Ellis, 9th, 5:28.91; Sarah Emory, 20th, 5:52.72 

3000 - Allison Fontenot, 9th, 11:45.57; Kirstie Jones, 13th, 12:00.57; Courtney Herschberger, 
15th, 12:36.73. 

4x400 Relay - 8th, 3:57.95 (Constance Seibles, Carmen Wallace, Jazmen Williams, Andrea 

Weight throw - DeJon Griffin, 4th, 53-7 3/4; Janae Allen, 9th, 49-2 1/2; Chantel Bratton, 17th, 

Shot put - Chantel Bratton, 6th, 43-10 1/2; Trecey Rew, no mark. 
Long jump - Sarah Jones, 17th, 16-5 
High jump - Keyera Thomas, no height 


60m dash - Karllis Perry, 36th, 7.11; Quincy Davison, 45th, 7:18; Chris Greer, 62nd, 7.30; 
Jamaal White, 74th, 7.35; 

Mile run - Kyle Lessig, 17th, 4:42.10; Mark Dotson, 20th, 4:43.60; Dusty Dischler, 23rd, 
3000 - Mark Dotson, 10th, 9:31.00 

4x400 relay - 1st, 3:16.75 (Kendall Taylor, Michael Batts, Jamie Emery, Michael Green) 

Weight throw - Morgan Redmond, 12th, 47-10 1/2; Justin Bilbo, 18th, 35-1 1/4 

High jump - Joshua Commiato, 4th, 6-4 1/4; Greg Hall, 1 1th, 6-2 1/4 

Long jump - Jamaal White, 12th, 22-6 1/2; Reginald Douglas, 19th, 21-2 1/2 

Triple jump - Chris Greer, 1 1th, 46-0 3/4; Reginald Douglas, 13th, 46-0 

Shot put - Morgan Redmond, 6th, 47-10; Justin Bilbo, 10th, 42-11 1/2. 

NSU finds qualified replacement for hole in Athletic Dept. 

Courtesy of Sports Info: 

Jason Horn, whose nearly 20- 
year career in athletic market- 
ing includes positions work- 
ing with the 1996 Olympic Games 
in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter 
Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, 
has joined Northwestern State as as- 
sistant athletics director for market- 
ing and promotions. 

Announcement of Horn's hiring 
was made by NSU director of athlet- 
ics Greg Burke. 

The University of Louisiana 
System Board of Supervisors ap- 
proved the move. 

Horn will coordinate athletic 
marketing and promotional endeav- 
ors and corporate partnerships for 
Northwestern State. 

"The importance of Jason's po- 
sition cannot be underestimated as 
it relates to generating revenue for 
the NSU Athletic Department bud- 
get and enhancing the image of the 
athletic program and, thus, the entire 

university," said director of athlet- 
ics Greg Burke. "With that said, his 
vast and diverse experience in sales 
and marketing will be a definite as- 
set and the level of professionalism 
with which he carries himself will 
be well-received in the local and re- 
gional business sector. 

"We're fortunate to attract 
someone with his scope of knowl- 
edge and ability." 

A 1991 University of Michi- 
gan graduate, Horn has served on 
the collegiate level most recently at 
Central Florida and Bowling Green 
as assistant AD for marketing with 
previous stints as the director of 
marketing and promotions for Con- 
ference USA and on administrative 
staffs at Miami (Fla.) and Michigan. 

A Detroit native, he also has 
extensive experience in professional 
sports, working as director of mar- 
keting and community relations for 
the NBA Developmental League's 
Mobile Revelers, the Detroit Pistons 
as an account executive for corporate 

sponsorships, and the New Haven 
County Cutters minor league base- 
ball team. He has been a regional 
manager in central and south Florida 
for the WPT Amateur Poker League 
based in Orlando. 

From 1999-2001, he was sales 
and marketing manager for the Salt 
Lake City-based Winter Olympics, 
the Winter Paralympics and Team 

He w as part of a sales staff pro- 
ducing S850 million in revenue. 

Working in 1995 and 1996 as 
ticket and sales manager for the 
Atlanta-based Summer Olympics, 
he assisted the vice president of op- 
erations w ith the development of the 
event operations plan for the Games, 
and designed and directed a compre- 
hensive marketing and ticket sales 
plan for the Olympic soccer matches 
hosted at the famed Orange Bowl in 

In 1997-99 at Conference USA 
in the league's headquarters in 
Chicago, Horn oversaw C-USA's 

marketing plan including website 
redesign, championship marketing, 
merchandising, licensing and adver- 
tising programs. 

In the NBA-D League in Mo- 
bile, he supervised five departments 
including marketing, community re- 
lations, ticket sales, event operations 
and media relations in 2001-02. 

From 2005-06 at Bowling 
Green, he created and planned sea- 
son and group ticket sales strategies 
that created a 40 percent increase in 
football season ticket revenue and 
an overall all-sports ticket revenue 
increase of 21 percent. 

In 2006-08 for Central Florida, 
his marketing team's ticket sales 
strategies in 2006-07 led to a 21 per- 
cent spike in basketball attendance, 
58 percent in baseball attendance 
and 32 percent for softball. In 2007 
over 7,000 new football season tick- 
ets were sold, generating over $1.4 
million in new revenue. 

Horn replaced Ryan Hollo- 
way earlier this month while Cook 

stepped in last summer for Brian 
Seiler on the NSU athletic staff. 

"Alex hit the ground running 
last summer and did a great job of 
keeping the marketing and sales 
initiatives for the department in mo- 
tion," said Burke. "He fills a position 
which is critical to ensuring that both 
men's and women's teams at NSU 
receive promotional opportunities 
which, in rum, directly impacts at- 
tendance and revenue generation, as 
well. He is eager to learn and grow 
professionally and that is undoubt- 
edly a positive for him on a personal 
level and for our program." 

Cook made a strong local and 
regional impression last summer as 
operations manager of the Louisiana 
Sports Hall of Fame. 

The native of Lafayette graduat- 
ed from Eastern Oregon University 
last March with a business adminis- 
tration degree with a concentration 
in marketing and a minor in econom- 
ics, while earning three football let- 

From April until early August, 
Cook handled sponsorship sales, ad- 
ministrative duties and promotional 
activities along with event manage- 
ment for the 2009 Louisiana Sports 
Hall of Fame Induction Celebration 
featuring NFL greats Will Roaf and 
Marshall Faulk, golf legend Hal Sut- 
ton and women's basketball coach- 
ing icon Sonja Hogg. 

While a student-athlete at EOU, 
Cook became the first student ever 
to serve on the university's market- 
ing committee and also provided as- 
sistance to the director of athletics at 
the NAIA school. 

While in college, Cook also 
worked as a sales representative 
for NXGEN Payment Services, a 
national e-commerce firm affiliated 
with many intercollegiate athletics 
departments along with state and lo- 
cal governmental agencies. 

Cook was a football, track and 
basketball letterwinner at Centennial 
High School in Boise, Idaho, and 
was an Eagle Scout. 


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Coca-Cola fulfills contract with new marquee 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Writer 

NSU has finished constructing 
a new marquee in front of the 
Watson Library. Coca-Cola 
donated the marquee as part of a 
contract that stipulates that it only be 
used for informing students and the 
community about campus events. 

The contract currently in effect 
between Coke and NSU was partial- 
ly worked on by Athletic Director 
Greg Burke. 

NSU's contract with Coke en- 
sures that the university will sell no 
less than 90 percent of Coke prod- 
ucts as beverages, but allows for 
10 percent of other beverages to be 

"Under Louisiana law, a vendor 
who signs a 90/10 contract is obli- 
gated to provide some kind of physi- 
cal improvement or enhancement for 
that campus," he said. 

Coke donated the money neces- 
sary for the purchase and installation 
of the new marquee to fulfill its ob- 
ligation to give at least $50,000 to 
NSU as part of the 1 year contract, 

Burke said. 

"It didn't cost NSU a dime," he 


This contract went into effect in 
2006 and was a change from NSU's 
prior agreements with Coke. 

"We use to have a vendors con- 
tract," Burke said. "Now we have 
a non-exclusive beverage pouring 
rights contract." 

Director of Auxiliary Services 
Jennifer Kelly also helped develop 
the current contract w ith Coke. 

NSU had only a vending con- 
tract with the company prior to Nov. 
I, 2006, meaning the university 
would only receive a percentage of 
the sales earned from the drink vend- 
ing machines, Kelly said. 

The current contract, signed 
in 2006, now gives NSU upfront 
capital, annual payments, and a con- 
tinuation of the percentage of drink 
sales, she explained. 

"There had to be a capital dona- 
tion," Kelly said. 

The marquee was in the contract 
as the capital donation required to be 
given be Coca-Cola when the con- 
tract was signed. 

Kelly said the reason the new 
marquee has not been constructed 
until now, however, was because 
NSU was in the process of finding 
someone to construct the sign within 
the price range the university had to 

The money available to spend 
was not affected by any of the recent 
state-wide budget cuts though. 

"We didn't use any state mon- 
ey," Kelly said. "It was all donated 

The donation of the new mar- 
quee is not only helpful for NSU's 
budget, but for its physical land- 
scape as well. 

"I think the sign is pretty be- 
cause it is so new and big," said 
Hattie Vaughn, junior business ad- 
ministration major. "It makes the ap- 
pearance of the front of the library 
more pleasing." 

NSU President Randall Webb 
agreed, and added that he was ulti- 
mately surprised. 

"I was aware of the contract and 
that we would be receiving a new 
sign, but I was impressed to see the 
end result," Webb said. 

As part' of a contracted agreement made in 2006, Coca-Cola provided funding for a 
was installed last week, sits in front of Watson Library. 

Photo by David Royal/ 
new marquee. 

The Current Sauce 
The sign, which 

Graduates discuss life after NSU 

Photo contributed by James Picht 
From Left to Right: Air Force Maj. Lee Erickson, William Broussard, Sarah Ferstal and Crystal Mallet take part as 
panelists in an event held by the Louisiana Scholars' College on Friday. The panelists answered questions con- 
cerning how life has changed for them since graduating from NSU and gave tips to current students. 

David Royal 

News Editor 

As part of NSU's celebration 
of its 125* anniversary, the 
Louisiana Scholars' College 
invited students to take part in 
a question and answer session with 
actual graduates from the program. 

The panel consisted of seven 
graduates from the years 1991 to 
2004. Their career fields included 
a medical physicist, a high school 
teacher, a martial arts instructor and 
a recording music artist. 

Holly Stave, a professor of Eng- 
lish at the Scholars' college, helped 
organize the event and said its pur- 
pose was to give current students 
an idea of how they can live their 
dreams after graduation and provide 
"strategies for negotiating the 'real 

Stave, who led the discussion 
during the event, began by asking 
the panel a few questions, and then 
allowed those in attendance to ask 
their own questions. 

After answering only a few 

questions, several of the panelist re- 
vealed that they had changed their 
life plans since graduating. 

Panelist Todd Huddleston grad- 
uated with an undergraduate and 
graduate degree in mathematics, but 
found himself studying in Korea and 
now teaching martial arts in New 

Stave explained that Huddleston 
and other panelist like him were ex- 
cellent examples of how life can lead 
people in opposite directions of what 
they were intending. 

"There were many there that 
came to [the Scholars' College] and 
ended up doing something com- 
pletely different than their original 
plan, so it was nice that students 
were able to see it," Stave said. 

Christina Lake, a student in 
the Scholars' College, agreed with 

"The event was very enlighten- 
ing," said Lake, who is a senior hu- 
manities and social thought major. 
"It was interesting to see all of the 
different directions people took with 
their degrees." 

Air Force Maj. Lee Erickson, 
who was one of the panelists, said 
he enjoyed the event and appreci- 
ated everything it offered. 

"It was quite an honor to be 
invited and come back," said Erick- 
son, who graduated with a degree in 
humanities and social thought. "I 
hope everyone here will be able to 
use what they heard today." 

Stave explained that she would 
have like to have more graduates at- 
tend the event, but said that Schol- 
ars' College could not afford it. 
Those who served on the panel were 
generous enough to cover their own 
costs to Natchitoches, she said. 

The panel was Scholars' Col- 
lege's third and final event designed 
to celebrate NSU 125 th anniversary. 
The program held an international 
food fair and swing dance event 
earlier this month. 

"[Scholars' College] really 
took the university's initiative to 
make NSU's anniversary special 
seriously, and we hope people en- 
joyed it and got something out of 
it," Stave said. 

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- The Senate passed Bill SP 10-002, which will request approval for the SGA to view the student 
turnout in last week's Student Activities Board elections. The goal is to determine whether more or 
less students are voting than in the past. 

- The Senate passed Bill SP 10-003, which will request that the Student Trust Fund Committee invests 
in female hygiene dispensers for women's restrooms in Kyser Hall. 

- The Senate voted to provide the NSU Dodgeball team with funding for a tournament in Kentucky. 

- The Supreme Court elected Tim Gattie as chief justice last week. Gattie replaced Paul Shelton, who 

resigned at the end of last semester. 

Leisure learning classes made available 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Writer 

An assortment of non-credit 
courses will be offered in 
February through the Office 
of Electronic and Continuing 

"Continuing Education is 
pleased to be able to offer non-credit 
courses to members of the commu- 
nity who may already have a degree 
or do not require a degree, but need 
to continue life-long learning, which 
is required in today's society," said 
Hedy Pinkerton, director of the Of- 
fice of Electronic and Continuing 

The courses are "leisure learn- 
ing" classes offered as a service to 

the community, said Melanie Bed- 
good, administrative assistant of 
non-credit programs. 

They are self-generated and re- 
quire a fee in order to participate. 

Students can register by calling 
(800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355. 

Some of the classes that will be 
offered include "Instant Piano for 
Hopelessly Busy People," "Let's 
Dance the East Coast Swing" and 
instructional courses for Microsoft 
PowerPoint 2007 and Photo Story. 

"Northwestern's Continuing 
Education courses impact adults 
who are required to stay current in 
their occupational skills by provid- 
ing Continuing Education Units 
(CEUs)," Pinkerton explained. 

Continuing Education also of- 

fers Driver's Education and ACT 
preparatory courses as well as lei- 
sure classes such as dance, aerobic 
swimming, karate and scrap book- 

"We also offer certification prep 
courses in several areas which help 
the citizens of our community ac- 
quire new skills to aid in getting new- 
employment or retain their existing 
positions," Pinkerton said. 

"Then as new technologies 
emerge, classes are provided to per- 
mit adults ready access to update 
their knowledge in different areas 
s'.'ch as computer technology which 
is vital for today's workforce." 

More information on upcoming 
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Spirit of Northwestern Marching 
Band sets off to London 

Sarah Cramer 

Staff Reporter 

The Best Soundin' Band in the 
Land will be finishing off 2010 and 
ringing in 201 1 in London, England. 

The Spirit of Northwestern 
Marching Band has been chosen 
to perform in London's 25* New 
Year's Day Parade. 

"We have an official letter from 
the mayor of the city of London in- 
viting us," Director of Bands Bill 
Brent said. 

At the parade, the band will be 
playing the fight song and a tradi- 
tional march, like the "National Em- 

"If the Saints win on Sunday, it 
will be an arrangement of 'When the 
Saints Go Marching In,'" Brent said. 

During their six night trip, the 
band will be touring London, visit- 
ing Oxford and Stratford upon Avon, 
and attending a New Year's Eve 
Gala, among other things. 

This is not the first time the 
marching band has been nominated 
to play in the parade, Brent said. 

"We were nominated about four 
years ago," he said. "But at the time 
there was just so much going on." 

But the upcoming school year 
will also mark the band's 100 th anni- 
versary, and Brent felt this would be 
a good year for the students to take 
the trip. 

"They called again this past fall 
and said we'd really like for you to 

come, and so I thought, well since 
next year is the 100 th year of the 
band, we'll fly it up the flag pole to 
see who salutes," he said. "And we 
had enough kids say yea, they'd like 
to do it." 

A little more than 50 of the 300 
band members will be attending the 
parade. Victoria Steadman, fresh- 
man addiction studies major, will be 
going to London during her first year 
on the SON's cymbal line. 

"I've never been out of the 
country," Steadman said. "And Lon- 
don is always a place I've wanted to 

Both Brent and Steadman be- 
lieve this is going to be a great expe- 

"It just so happens I was at this 
parade about 10 years ago," Brent 
said. "I've actually seen this parade 
and it's great. I really think the kids 
are in for a great trip." 

Steadman added, "[It's exciting] 
just to be in band and play in front of 
all those people." 

The cost of the trip is $2,900 per 
student, and they will be leaving on 
Dec. 28, 2010 and will be returning 
Jan. 4, 2011. 

The cost will cover lodging, 
transportation, three dinners, a fast- 
food voucher equivalent to $17, 
several tours and a one-year mem- 
bership in the Youth Music Interna- 
tional Performers' Club. 

"It's a great deal," Brent said. 

Alumni and friends are also 
welcome on the trip. 

Photo by Kirk Martin 

The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band plays at halftime during a home football game. The band 
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Talk Times With Tori: 

Cervical cancer awareness 


Tori Ladd 

Life Editor 

Each year about 1 0,000 women 
are diagnosed with cervical cancer 
and about 3,700 women die from the 
disease in the United States alone, 
according to the National Cervical 
Cancer Coalition (NCCC). 

Webster's Medical Dictionary 
says that cervical cancer is caused by 
the human papillomavirus (HPV). 
Although there are many different 
strands of HPV, only some the HPV 
strands can cause cervical cancer. 

According to Medical News 
Today, yearly there are 473,000 new- 
cases of cervical cancer and about 
250,000 deaths due to cervical can- 
cer in the world. 

In emergent countries, cervical 
cancer continues to be the number 
one cause of death for women. 

About 85 percent of those cases 
occur in low resource areas in the 
world and fewer than 5 percent of 
those women have never had a Pap 

A Pap test is an examination 
consisting of the staining of cervical 
cells taken in a cervical or vaginal 
smear for the testing of exfoliated 

Eleven percent of women in the 
United States have also reported that 
they do not get Pap test screenings. 

If caught in the early stage, cer- 
vical cancer is curable and the pa- 
tient may still be able to have chil- 
dren after the treatment. 

If the disease is found in the 
later stages, it can be removed by 
a hysterectomy removal of lymph 
nodes, ovaries and fallopian tubes, 
radiation therapy or chemotherapy. 
The latter treatments can leave pa- 

tients unable to conceive children. 

Cervical cancer can be detected 
during your regular pelvic exam. 
Web MD list the symptoms of cervi- 
cal cancer as: 

-Bleeding from the vagina that 
is not normal, or a change in the 
menstrual cycle, 

-Bleeding when something 
comes in contact with the cervix, 
such as during sex, 

-Vaginal discharge tinged with 

As with other medical concerns 
,you should contact a health profes- 
sional if you are experiencing any 
of the symptoms or if you have any 

To prevent cervical cancer 
both genders can practice safe sex. 
Women can also get regular physical 
examinations and get the Food and 
Drug Association approved vaccina- 
tion Gardasil. 

According to Gardasil litera- 
ture, Gardasil is the only cervical 
cancer vaccine that helps protect 
against four types of HPV (Types 6, 
11, 16, and 18), the two types that 
cause 70 percent of cervical cancer 

The vaccine is for girls and 
young women from ages 9 to 26 and 
are administered by three shots over 
six months. 

The NCCC says that a woman 
who does not have the Gardasil vac- 
cination or does not get a Pap test 
yearly significantly increases chanc- 
es of developing the disease. 

NSU Health Services, Natchi- 
toches Outpatient Clinic and Natchi- 
toches Health Unit, along with the 
hospital and other private practices 
offer the Gardasil vaccination upon 








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Middle Child POV: Drug tests for all 

Paul Randall Adams 

Staff Columnist 


.t is not un- 
common for col- 
lege athletes to 
lose their schol- 
arships due to 

At uni- 
versities nation-wide, drug tests are 
performed at random on football 
players, baseball players and volley- 
ball players alike. 

If drugs or steroids are 
found in their systems, their schol- 
arships are pulled and their careers 

Drug testing can be a stip- 
ulation of accepting a scholarship 
with that university. 

But why not musicians? 
Why not the English majors on aca- 
demic scholarship? 

According to the CDC, 
48.7% of all college students have 
used marijuana in their lifetime. 
That's marijuana alone, excluding 
the usage of cocaine or other illegal 

Is their drug usage any less 
illegal? Are their scholarships any 

more valuable? 

It has been said that life is 
not fair, but universities should try 
harder to equalize this issue. 

Drug usage is not only a 
problem among athletes. It's a siren 
that lures students to their demise. 

Isn't it making an invest- 
ment when a university gives a stu- 
dent a scholarship? 

Somebody who plays the 
stocks would get rid of an invest- 
ment if it were to begin declining in 

A drug-addicted student is 
a failing investment. 

Universities should get rid 
of all of their bad investments. It's 
those bad investments that help lead 
other students astray. 

Sure, random drug testing 
is a little less cost efficient than most 
universities strive for. 

But giving students schol- 
arships when they don't deserve 
them is equally as inefficient. 

In all honesty, the average 
drug tests cost about $40, accord- 
ing to the American Civil Liberties 
Union, a nominal fee, considering 
some students are offered close to 
$18,000 a year in scholarship and 
federal aid. 

When a student graduates 
and cannot pass a drug test, that 

scholarship money has literally been 
thrown away. 

The thousands of dollars 
that are given through the TOPS 
program, through school-supported 
scholarships and through individuals 
all go to waste in these circumstanc- 

Why don't programs such 
as TOPS require a drug test before 
receiving the benefits? 

It would be useful in help- 
ing to know whether a refund check 
would be spent on school books or 

Are these people the ones 
that universities want representing 

Or would they rather en- 
sure that they are investing their 
money in something worthwhile, in 
a student who truly deserves it? 

There are others, though, 
who work hard to do everything cor- 
rectly. They try not to be a hindrance 
or a menace. 

They work hard to be up- 
standing and to make something of 
themselves. And more importantly, 
they avoid being a felon. 

They work hard to ensure 
that they are good investments. Go 
out. Make something of yourself. 
Don't allow yourself to be a poor in- 

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he other 
day, I was sitting 
in a lounge, and I 
overheard a con- 
versation about 

It was a 

rather long conversation, but the the- 
sis was that a young lady was upset 
that she received a speeding ticket, 
when others were going the same 
speed as she, and she was only going 
five miles per hour too fast. 

The Merriam- Webster dic- 
tionary definition of crime is "an 
act or commission of an act that is 
forbidden or the omission of a duty 
that is commanded by public law 
and that makes the offender liable to 
punishment by that law." 

Essentially, this means that 
doing something the law says not 
to do, or not doing something the 
law says to do is what constitutes a 

So, as I wished to tell the 
young lady, she had no right to be 

If she was going even one 
mile per hour faster than the posted 
speed limit, she was breaking the 
law, and was subject to whatever 
punishment the law officer deemed 

The question that comes 
out of this is: what if she hadn't in- 
tentionally been speeding? 

OK, so, given she knew 
exactly how fast she was going, she 

probably was intentionally speeding. 

How many of us, howev- 
er, drive along in our cars, belting 
with the radio, only to realize we're 
speeding when we see that flash of 
blue light? 

Intent is not taken into ac- 
count so much in traffic violations, 
as the speed limit is posted, and it is 
expected that drivers should pay at- 
tention, but in many criminal cases, 
such as murder, it is. 

Why is this? What does in- 
tent have to do with anything? 

If I kill someone, does it 
matter if I meant to kill them? The 
person is still dead whether I meant 
to kill them or not. 

Intent matters because it 
describes the state of mind of the 
criminal when the act is committed, 
and as humans, our state of mind is 

If a dog kills someone, it 
is put down, regardless of what it is 
thinking. Humans can tell us what 
they are thinking. 

If I accidentally hit a child 
that runs into the road in front of my 
car, it is obviously different than if I 
break into that child's house and kill 
him, and anyone can see that. 

So, crime is not, in effect 
defined by the action or omission of 
action, but by the intention behind it. 

The thought makes the 
crime, provided you can prove your 

So, next time you are driv- 
ing, watch your speedometer, be- 
cause, unless police officers turn into 
X-Men™ and can mind read, they're 
going to assume that you are intend- 
ing to break the law. 

And that, my friend, makes 
you a criminal. 

Half the Battle: Religion of politics 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in chief 

I've been de- 
bating for a while 
now whether or 
not to buy "The 
Politician," the 
book based on the hilarious shenani- 
gans of John Edwards. 

Andrew Young, former aide 
to Edwards, wrote this wonderful 
piece of literature detailing the Ed- 
ward's scandalous affair with Rielle 
Hunter (including the child Edwards 
fathered during the affair). 

Young was an incredibly 
loyal aide. 

He apparently didn't even 
blink when Edwards asked him to 
claim fatherhood over his illegiti- 
mate child. And his wife was cool 
with it, too! 

I can't imagine sitting in 

the drive-thru line at Popeye's with 
my fiancee and saying, "Oh, by the 
way, honey, I'm going to be telling 
America I had a child with my boss' 
mistress," and her being OK with 
that. In fact, I'll probably lose my 
life right then and there. Where is the 
line between loyalty and morality? 

At what point do you say, 
"Look... Mr. Edwards... you're 
a cool guy and all, and I'm glad to 
have you as my boss, but... I mean, 
claim your child? Seriously? This is 
my two weeks' notice." 

At what point does your 
common sense tell you that things 
have gone too far? 

The absolute best part of 
this is that people make these kind 
of scandals out to be a political or 
belief issue. 

It's the Right or the Left 
that only do this. And that's just 
wrong. Both sides are up to their 
necks in their sins. 

Edwards, of the Demo- 
cratic party, is just as guilty as South 

Carolina governor Mark Sanford, a 

Sanford's wife also has a 
book coming out, detailing her feel- 
ings when she found out about the 
affair Sanford and his Argentinean 
mistress were having. 

Hell hath no fury, am I 


What is it about power that 
takes people who seem to have de- 
cent character and twist them into 
the pigs we see chanting their reli- 
gion of politics every day? It's mind- 
boggling, to say the least. 

I suppose I'm entirely too 
exposed to the happenings in Wash- 
ington, but that (and attention deficit 
disorder) are the price we pay for 24- 
hour news services. 

It's a constant barrage of 
information I think we, as a people, 
were a lot better off without. 

Oh, and if there is one per- 
son who should write a book, it's 
Mark Foley. I bet that would be a 
real page-turner. 


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February 3, 2010 

Demon Athlete Q&A 

Q: Name? 

A: Trecey Rew 

Q: High School and Home- 

A: Garland High School in Gar- 
land, TX 

Q: Major and Classification? 

A: Senior Journalism Major 

Q: Favorite TV Show? 

A: Say Yes to the Dress and One 
Tree Hill 

Q: Favorite Movie? 

A: Love and Basketball and The 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Q: What record did you break? 

A: I actually broke two. I broke 
my own shot put record and I 
broke the weight record. 

Q: How long have you been 

A: Since I was little bitty. I start- 
ed off as a sprinter, but my senior 
year in high school I started fo- 
cusing on the shot put. 

Q: How did you get into the 

A: I got into track because all the 
children at my church, and basi- 
cally in my city, were running 

summer track and I wanted to 
run to, so my mom signed me up 
one summer and I've been do- 
ing it ever since. I started throw- 
ing the shot put when I was like 
eight or nine and I didn't really 
like it when I started because I 
had to practice away from all of 
my friends, but I realized how- 
good I was and kept with it. 

Q: What is your greatest ac- 
complishment in the sport? 

A: My greatest accomplishment 
would have to be owning three 
school records, but hopefully by 
the end of this year my greatest 
accomplishment will be becom- 
ing an All-American. 

Q: Most memoriable moment 
while compearing? 

A: I don't really have one mo- 
ment. The throwers are really 
close on the team and every day 
at practice and when we travel 
to meets we have some good 
times and some really good 

Q: Thing you will miss most 
when you are done compear- 

A: Competition. I love the pride 
that comes with competing. 

Q: Favorite sport other than 
your own? 

A: Basketball and softball, but I 
have a lot of respect for ice skat- 
ers and gymnast. 

Q: What's the one sport you 
wish you were good at? 

A: Softball. I really wish I was 
better at softball. % 

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Bulldogs' bark worst than bite 

Courtesy of Sports Info: 

Northwestern State 
opened its 2010 
women's tennis sea- 
son on Tuesday in a convinc- 
ing 7-0 win over Louisiana Tech. 

The Lady Demons cruised 
to a 3-0 win in doubles' ac- 
tion to start the competition then 
closed things out with a 4-0 
blanking in singles' matches. 

"I felt like we played really well 
as a whole," said head coach Patric 
DuBois. "I thought the process in the 
way we did things really wore down 
our opponent. We were very consis- 
tent and smart in the way we played." 

NSU got a shutout victory in 
the No. 3 doubles when the team 
of Andrea Nedorostova and Mar- 
tina Rubesova blanked Alena Ero- 
feuro and Laura Rodriguez, 8-0. 

In singles action, the Lady De- 
mons did not lose a set in any of the 
six matches. 

Olga Bazhanova defeated Viv- 
ian ten Dolle in straight sets, 7-5, 
6-2, in the No. 1 singles while 
Adna Curukovic cruised to a 6-2, 
6-1 victory over Celia Vichery. 

Rubesova, playing in herfirst col- 
legiate dual action, whipped Maartie 
De Witte 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles 
matchup while Nedorostova won the 
No. 4 singles by a 6-2, 6-2 score. 

"I thought Olga (Bazhanova) 
played one of her better matches 
since she's been here at NSU," said 
DuBois. "I felt our two Czech girls 
(Nedorostova and Rubesova) played 
really well in their first dual match." 

The blowout of the match 
came in the No. 5 singles when 
Bianca Schulz made quick work 
of Erofeuro by scores of 6-1, 6-0, 
and Dragana Colic won her No. 6 
singles match by a 6-2, 6-3 score. 

"Louisiana Tech is a very im- 
proved team. I just thought we really 
did a good job all around as a team." 

The Lady Demons return to 
action on Feb. 13 when they visit 
Southern Mississippi. 

Empire state of mind 

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Photo by Gary Hardamon 
#11, Devon Baker, not only has to worry about the tough competition in the 
SLC, but he has to adapt to a small-town life in Natchitoches. 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

alking the campus of North- 
western State University is a face 
that is getting more familiar. 

Armed with headphones and a 
full beard, Devon Baker went from 
the guy with the cool accent, to the 
guy everyone wants to see with the 
ball. Baker came to NSU by way 
of transfer from Howard College in 
San Angelo, Texas, but before that 

he was back in his home state of 
New York. 

When Baker was young, he idol- 
ized Rafer Alston. Baker was much 
like Alston. He was a playground 
basketball player that dreamed of 
playing professional basketball. 

Not playing basketball is some- 
thing that Baker could not imagine. 

"I've been playing organized 
ball since I was seven or eight years 
old," Baker said. " I was born to play 
basketball. It's in my blood." 

Making the move from the Big 
Apple to Natchitoches was a steep 
change for Baker. 

"So far, it's a real big cultural 
difference," Baker said. "My home- 
town, like any big other city, is fast- 
paced, so adjustments had to be 

What helped Baker make the 
adjustment were the people. "I love 
the people here. Everyone is friend- 
ly," Baker said. "It's much different 
in New York where the people aren't 
as hospitable. 

"In the crowd of students during 
a game inside Prather Coliseum, you 
can hear people saying, "give the 
ball the New York number 1 ." 

That's a name the Demon bas- 
ketball fans use to differentiate be- 
tween Baker and fellow New York 
teammate Will Pratt. 

"I'm easy to get along with. I 
play with passion and emotion and It 
carries over to my teammates," Bak- 
er said. "I'm somewhat of a crowd 
favorite because of that." 

In New York, Baker goes by an- 
other nickname. "Back home .people 
call me Kobe," Baker said. "I got the 
nickname because of resemblance in 
looks and passion to win." 

Now, Baker is a key component 
for the Demon Basketball team. He 
is the second leading scorer on the 
team, averaging 12.6 points per 
game, only behind senior Demon 

His dreams of being a profes- 
sional basketball player is still there, 
but right now his focus is taking the 
Demon basketball team back to its 
winning ways. 

"I can imagine how crazy it was 
when we beat Iowa," Baker said. 
"I can imagine how crazy it will 
be when we get back to the tourna- 

Demons hitting stride 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

Riding on the back of junior 
transfer Will Pratt, the 
Demons moved to 2-4 in 
the Southland conference and 7-12 
overall after a 74-68 win over the 
University of Central Arkansas, last 

Pratt came up big with a ca- 
reer-best 29-point performance. He 
connected with 11 of 16 shots from 
the field and also grabbed eight re- 
bounds and made two steals. 

The Demons jumped out in 
front of the Bearcats by seven points 
early in the game thanks to Pratt and 
senior guard Damon Jones. 

"We made some adjustments 
that we thought would benefit us 
offensively, and the game Will 
Pratt had definitely helped in that 
regard," 11 th-y ear coach Mike Mc- 
Conathy said. "Will had a great flow 
today. Sometimes when you line 
up against a former teammate from 
high school or junior college, you 
find that extra something. 

"After the way he stepped up 
and hit that first outside jumper, you 
could sense he had it in gear." 

The Demons bounced back 
from a forgettable 3-point shoot- 
ing performance against Stephen F. 
Austin and shot 41 percent from be- 
hind the arc. 

Devon Baker gave the Demons 
1 1 points and Jones added 1 9 points 
of his own. 

Will Mosley added to his col- 
lection of double-digit rebound 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 
#15, Will Pratt, drives the lane on his way to scoring a career-high 29 points 
and helps lead the Demons to a 74-68 win over Central Arkansas. 

games against the Bearcats. He also we wore (UCA) down and got con- 

snagged 10 rebounds and blocked 
six shots. 

"He might be the best athlete 
I've coached," McConathy said. "He 
made a big impact over and over to- 

Mosley leads the conference 
with 1 1 .7 rebounds per game. 

"The biggest thing was that for 
the first time in a long while, we 
played Demon basketball today," 
McConathy said. "We were unself- 
ish. We were relentless with our ef- 
fort at both ends, and I do think that 

trol of the game in the second half. 

"Give them credit for battling 
back but our guys made the plays at 
the end to hold them off. That jump- 
er by Pratt was huge." 

The Demons' next game is 
Wednesday night at seven against 
the McNesse State Cowboys in 
Prather Coliseum. 

This is a pivotal game for NSU 
as both teams are 2-4 in SLC play. 

In case you can't make it to 
Prather for the game, you can find it 
on 97.5 KDBH FM. 

Current Sauce 

Northwestern State University 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 ♦ Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Student Newspaper of NSU since 1914 ♦Volume 95: Issue 17 

Photo by Gary Hardarnor 

Carlee McCord, the 2010 Miss Lady of the Bracelet, stands with her mother, Karen McCord, and NSU President 
Randall Webb and his wife. McCord was one of six contestants in the pageant that was held Saturday night in 
Magale Recital Hall. She sang "Don't Rain on My Parade" from the musical "Funny Girl" as her talent. McCord 
wore a light blue ball gown and two-piece swimsuit. For winning, McCord will now compete in the Miss Louisiana 
Pageant this summer in Baton Rouge. She is a previous contestant of the Miss Louisiana Pageant through the 
Miss Holiday in Dixie Pageant. For more information on McCord and the other contestants of the 2010 Miss Lady 
of the Bracelet Pageant, check out the full story on page three. 

Wingfield gives State of University 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Student Government Associa- 
tion President Kayla Wingfield 
presented her State of the Uni- 
versity Address last night in the Ora 
G. Williams TV Studio. 

Presented every semester, the 
purpose of the State of the Univer- 
sity Address is to inform the student 
body of the overall status of the cam- 
pus, actions taken by the SGA over 
the previous semester and the orga- 
nization's future plans. 

Last night, Wingfield touched 
on multiple subjects including the 
SGA's plans of implementing an on- 
line voting system and of installing 
GRE and LSAT prep courses. 

She focused primarily, however, 
on the university's status concerning 
the state's ongoing issuing of budget 

Wingfield explained what she 
had learned during her term con- 
cerning the Louisiana Post-Second- 
ary Education Review Commission 
- or better known as the Tucker 
Commission - which was tasked 
with restructuring the state's higher 
education system last year. 

Her goal by doing this was to 
"alleviate [students'] fears and to 
quell any rumors about the future of 
this university," she said. 

Despite being in a difficult situ- 
ation, Wingfield encouraged stu- 
dents to keep their heads up. 

"We all recognize that these are 
trying times for everyone, but our 
trials will make us better," Wingfield 

She added that, today, NSU still 
"continues toward greatness," and 
the SGA and administration have 
maintained a commitment to creat- 
ing a "student-centric" university. 

Wingfield also addressed the 
SGA's research into the needs of 
Friedman Student Union that took 
place last semester. 

Although they realize that the 
facility needs improvement, the 
SGA ruled that implementing a new 
student fee dedicated to the student 
union is not necessary at this time. 

The SGA, however, is looking 
into using some the Student Trust 
Fund Committee's money to pay for 
recreational tables for the student 

Finally, Wingfield encouraged 
students to take an active role in the 
upcoming SGA officer elections, 
which will be held later this semes- 

Wingfield's speech will be 
played Monday through Thursday 
on NSU 22 at 8 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. 
and midnight. 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 
Student Government Association President Kayla Wingfield gives her State of the University Address. Wingfield 
primarily focused on the state's budget cuts of higher education and how NSU is responding. 

Campus groups pitch in to aid those in Haiti 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Writer 


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minutes to destroy will take 
many years and the collec- 
tive support from governments and 
relief agencies across the world to 
help mend," statement given by the 
American Red Cross. 

The American Red Cross has 
been taking part in what has become 
an international operation of support 
for the people affected by the devas- 
tating natural disaster. 

This world wide effort has been 
supported by several volunteer fund- 
raisers like those that can be seen 
right here at NSU. 

Standing tall like solid statues 
in decorative fountains, members 
of Kappa Sigma fraternity put forth 
their time and effort to raise mon- 
ey for the Haiti relief fund with its 
"Fountains of Hope" program. 

"We thought about when you 
were a kid and tossed change into 
fountains," said Dakota Byrd, a ju- 
nior biology major and member of 
Kappa Sigma fraternity. 

Byrd spearheaded the project, 
along with the help of his fraternity 
brothers, Feb. 2. 

The members set up inflatable 
kiddy pools in front of Friedman 
Student Union and stood in them 
holding signs to promote the fund- 


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Throughout the day, students 
and faculty alike tossed their change 
into the "fountains" and helped Kap- 
pa Sigma earn just over one thou- 
sand dollars to send to the American 
Red Cross. 

"We'd like to thank the Greek 
community and campus for helping 
make it a success," Byrd said. 

Other NSU students used the 
power of music with a concert fund- 
raiser to promote more support for 
the relief effort. 

The NSU Jazz Orchestra, the 
NSU Jazz Combos and the NSU 
Faculty Jazz Combo performed in 
Magale Hall yesterday. 

The concert admission was free, 
but donations were accepted. 

"We asked the Louisiana de- 
partment of Red Cross to come in 
and accept donations," said Jarred 
Carlton, sophomore music education 

Carlton is a member of the NSU 
Jazz Orchestra and was excited to 
participate and promote the event in 
support of the relief effort. 

However, his motivation was 
not derived from images presented 
on CNN or local news stations. The 
devastation truly hit home for one of 
Carlton's fellow jazz performers. 

Tajh Derosier, a freshman music 
education major, is a first generation 
Haitian-American at NSU. 

"We were thinking about doing 

Courtesy Photo 

As part of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Dakota Byrd stands outside of Friedman Student Union in an inflatable kiddy 
pool as a project to raise reflief funds for those in Haiti. 

this from the week after [the earth- 
quake] happened," he said. 

Derosier said it took time for 
him to hear from some of his family 
that still lived in Haiti. He has kept 
in touch with his father in Texas, 
originally from Haiti, to stay updat- 
ed about the well-being of his fam- 

"The pain and the uncertainty 

of knowing what's going on is just 
dreadful," he said. 

Eventually, Derosier discovered 
that his family in Haiti is OK, but 
they were not spared from the physi- 
cal devastation throughout the coun- 

"There's a house my great 
grandmother built with her hus- 
band," he said. "It's been there for 

ages, and now it's gone." 

Like so a. an other families in 
Haiti, Derosier's relatives now rely 
on foreign support and from organi- 
zations like the Red Cross. 

This support has given hope to 
many families in Haiti just like Der- 

"It made my outlook on life so 
much better," he said. 

Michelle Davison, the assistant 
executive director for the Northwest 
Louisiana Chapter, had more to say 
regarding Red Cross involvement 
and progression in the relief opera- 
tion thus far. 

"[Red Cross] has sent over a 
dozen teams to Haiti," she said. 

So far, the Red Cross has been 
sending its reserve workers trained 
in specific areas to deal with disas- 
ter areas. This has allowed for more 
volunteers here at home to help 
raised money to keep the operation 
running smoothly. 

"Because of the specialized 
nature of work, they haven't asked 
the chapters for any volunteers yet," 
Davison said. 

Red Cross efforts thus far in- 
clude, but are not limited to: Four 
Red Cross warehouses (two in San- 
to Domingo, Dominican Republic 
and two in Port-au-Prince, Haiti) 
are open and operating at full ca- 
pacity, the distribution of 1 million 
liters of water per day, distributions 
of food and relief items reaching 
nearly 20,000 families and a major 
vaccination program to vaccinate 
150,000 children. 

Efforts by the Red Cross and 
similar organizations in support of 
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Sarah Cramer 

Staff Reporter 

Sodexo, the university's con- 
tracted dining service, is mak- 
ing exciting changes at NSU. 
The dining service conducted 
a poll by simply asking students, 
"What do you think?" 

"Sodexo is working hard at fo- 
cusing on bringing fun back to the 
dining halls while offering a menu 
that the students will enjoy," Charles 
Lear, Sodexo general manager said. 

The question, which has re- 
ceived about 60 responses, was hung 
on a banner in Iberville Dining Hall 
as part of the Martin Luther King 

"Our goal was simply to find 
out what the students were thinking, 
and use that information to better 
meet the needs of our customers," 
Lear said. 

Matthew English, sophomore 
psychology major, eats at Vic's 
about three times a week, and said 
he is satisfied with what Sodexo is 

"It is needed to find out what 
the students desire out of their food 
provider," English said. "I think they 
have done a really good job since 
taking over from the last provider, 
but there is always room for im- 

Chris Vaughn, freshman biology 
major and regular Sodexo customer, 
said the survey has the potential of 
being effective. 

"The survey is a great idea if 
they actually put what was said in 
the survey into the planning of their 
meals," Vaughn said. "It's always 
great to have what you want to eat, 

especially when a meal plan can cost 
up to SI 400." 

Sodexo has been doing its best 
to provide students with a fun atmo- 
sphere, Lear said. 

In addition to its Martin Luther 
King celebration, several events 
have been hosted in Iberville. 

There was "Love from the 
Chef," where the executive chef, 
Susan Smith, prepared her favorite 
meals for faculty and students. 

Every Thursday, the dining hall 
holds "Reward Yourself," where 
meal plan owners are able to pay an 
extra $4 to eat steak, shrimp, garlic 
mashed potatoes and green beans in 
an area decorated with linens and 

"The students have really en- 
joyed this, and you see some staff 
and faculty sneaking in for a taste as 
well," Lear said. 

There was also the first Madden 
competition of the year held in "My 
Kitchen" in Iberville, which Lear 
said was really enjoyed by the guys. 

"The students gave me some 
ideas for this during the competi- 
tion," Lear said. "I have requested 
Coke supply the next award and I am 
confident that they will." 

In the future, Lear said he hopes 
to play movies, music and prime 
time television on the six televisions 
in Iberville, and possibly host a step 
competition and a talent show. 

Sodexo will be posting its 
"What Do You Think" banner again 
soon, as well as conducting its an- 
nual spring survey this month. 

Students and faculty can also 
give feedback by visiting nsula- or filling out comment 


Photo by Sarah Cramer/ The Current Sauce 
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Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Bosserman and his fellow students from Caddo Magnet High School were one of about 
18 schools to participate in the Louisiana Junior ROTC drill competition. The NSU Army ROTC hosted the event. 

Demon Battalion welcomes JROTC cadets 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Reporter 
Jonathan Watson 

Sauce Reporter 

Despite the bitter weather, ded- 
icated high school students 
visited NSU on Saturday to 
test their skills in this year's Louisi- 
ana Junior ROTC drill competition. 

Hosted by the NSU Army 
ROTC program, the drill competi- 
tion consisted of approximately 18 
high schools around the state. 

The event tested the JROTC ca- 
dets' skills in rifle spinning, display- 
ing the American flag and drill and 
ceremony routines. 

Grant High School went home 
with most of the competition's first 
place prizes and was the overall win- 
ner of the day. 

Capt. Jaison Koonankeil, the re- 

cruiting officer for the Demon Bat- 
talion, helped organize the event, 
and said there were multiple benefits 
for hosting the event at NSU. 

Koonankeil said the drill com- 
petition provided the JROTC pro- 
grams with valuable practice for 
future events, including the regional 
tournament that will be held in Day- 
tona, Fla. 

High school JROTC programs 
participate in similar competitions 
throughout the year on a smaller 
scale, he said. 

The rules for each competi- 
tion are different, forcing them to 
change their routine for each com- 
petition. The competition held by 
the Demon Battalion followed 
rules used at higher level com- 
petitions, Koonankeil explained. 

The Demon Battalion also ben- 
efited from hosting the high schools, 
Koonankeil said. The served as an 

effective fund raising and recruiting 
tool to the NSU ROTC program, he 

This was the first year NSU 
has hosted the competition, and 
by doing so, high school stu- 
dents got to see what the Demon 
Battalion has to offer them af- 
ter graduating, Koonankeil said. 

JROTC cadets shared similar 

Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. 
Bosserman of Caddo Magnet High 
School enjoyed his experience at 
NSU and said the Demon Battal- 
ion were amazing hosts. His only 
complaint was that he wished the 
weather could have been nicer. 

Lt. Col. Kevin McAllister, the 
commander of the Demon Battalion, 
said he hopes that hosting the Loui- 
siana Junior ROTC drill competi- 
tion will become an annual event for 


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Life Editor 

tladdOO 1 
February 10, 2010 


NSU crowns 51st Miss Lady of the Bracelet 

2010 Miss Lady of the BraceletCarlee McCord. 

Photo by: Garay Hardamon 

Photo by: Garay Hardamon 

2010 Miss Lady of the Bracelet particpants from left to right: Lauren Waguespack, Jessica Lopez, Whitney Mixon, Katherine Putman who is Miss Louisiana.Cartee 
McCord, Haley Warrick and Whitney Wilson. 

Taylor Graves 

Staff Reporter 


'arlee McCord will represent 
Northwestern in Baton Rouge this 
summer during the Miss Louisi- 
ana pageant, a preliminary to Miss 
America, as the newly crowned Miss 
Lady of the Bracelet. 

"It felt absolutely like home be- 
ing on stage," McCord said. 

"I love to perform, and the spot- 
light has always been my element." 

McCord's confidence on stage 
shined through during each segment 
of the competitions. But McCord 
was not the only talent on stage Sat- 
urday. Whitney Mixon, junior sci- 
ence and liberal arts major, won the 

evening wear and swimwear compe- 

For her presentations she wore 
a white gown and yellow two-piece 
swimsuit. She also placed as the first 
runner up LOB. 

"I will always remember that 
feeling of a slight adrenaline rush 
that you get when you first step out 
onto the stage," Mixon said. "The 
lights and crowd make it a very 
unique experience." 

Haley Warrick, sophomore sci- 
ence and biology major, was se- 
lected as the second runner up. She 
performed a ballet en pointe. 

For the second year in a row, 
Jessica Lopez, senior liberal arts ma- 
jor, won the talent competition with 
her aria vocal presentation. 

The honor of the Liz Carroll 
People's Choice Award went to 

Whitney Wilson, junior science and 
business administration major, for 
her intense jump rope routine cho- 
reographed to "Like to Move It." 

"The moment I'll never forget is 
hearing the crowd after I finished my 
jump rope routine," Wilson said. 

"It was probably the loudest ap- 
plause I've heard, and I also received 
a standing ovation." 

The contestants chose Lauren 
Waguespack, junior theatre major, as 
Miss Congeniality. The contestants 
worked hard to prepare for Lady of 
the Bracelet. 

"If being in a swimsuit and 
heels in front of your entire student 
body is not enough motivation to hit 
the gym harder, I don't know what 
is," Mixon said. 

"But other than increasing the 
intensity of my workouts, I did some 

shopping, stayed current on events 
in the news and rehearsed the show 
along with the other contestants." 

"McCord, junior science, crimi- 
nal justice and Spanish major, had 
to prepare for her vocal talent of 
singing "Don't Rain on My Parade" . 
from "Funny Girl." 

Her outfits for LOB included a 
light blue two-piece swimsuit and 
a light blue asymmetrical designed 
ball gown. Miss LOB was over- 
joyed to receive the crown, but she 
acknowledged and the talents and 
endeavors of the other contestants. 

"My favorite part was compet- 
ing with so many talented young la- 
dies," McCord said. 

"I honestly know that any of the 
six contestants would have made a 
great Miss LOB." 

Photo by: Garay Hardamon 
2009 Miss Lady of the Bracelet Mandi Rigdell, 2010 Miss Lady of the Bracelet- 
Carlee McCord and 2009 Miss Louisiana after the pagent IN MAGALE RECITAL 

NSU art galley to 
feature Tom Richard 

Chasity Taylor 

Sauce Reporter 

-rtist Tom Richard's pieces 
will be featured at Northwestem's 
Orville Hanchey Gallery. 

Tom Richard is an artist origi- 
nally from Houma, LA, but now 
lives in Monticello, AR where he is 
a professor of art at the University of 

He received his and a bachelor's 
infine arts from Louisiana State Uni- 
versity and his master's in fine arts 
from the University of New York in 

His work consists of mixed me- 
dia paintings on paper and other tex- 
turized surfaces, such as canvas for 

"I often choose playful objects 
to depict or represent as an initial 
starting point," Richard said. "Then 
T make connections between image 
_iid text or between text and image." 

The current art exhibit started 
on Jan. 3 1 , and run until Feb. 26. The 

exhibit will take place in the gallery 
and feature many works from Rich- 
ard that all seem to have something 
similar in common- a comic book 

The works vary from depicted 
characters from the Incredible Hulk 
to the M &M characters on commer- 
cials or on packs of candy. 

The characters were brought to 
life by Richard using many differ- 
ent techniques of drawing as well as 

He did this so that the charac- 
ters would not look as if they were 
just thrown on a piece of paper and 
called art. 

"All of the pieces are based 
upon the idea of play. Playing with 
paint. Playing with images. 

Playing with quotes from philo- 
sophical and pop culture sources," 
Richard said. 

"In allowing you to play with 
the pieces, this allows for open- 
ended interpretations. The goal is to 
not necessarily have you form a con- 
crete interpretation, but to allow you 
to play." 

Richard's characters can been 

seen in his works interacting in their 
particular setting or doing something 
that makes them stand out and set his 
work apart from any other artist. 

This is an art technique that al- 
lows for emphasis on a certain part 
of the work that he w ants the viewer 
to pay closer attention to or just to 
view it in a different light away from 
the larger work. 

"I enjoyed viewing the 
many different works of art by 
Tom Richard," junior education 
Major Nikki Taylor said. 

"My favorite piece was the 
one entitled 'M&M Guy Lecturing 
to Green M&M's' and the smaller 
pieces that went along with it, be- 
cause it reminded me of something 
you would see on a commercial for 

Taylor n,so went on to say how 
much she would have liked to see 
more art pieces displayed in the Gal- 
lery and not just the selected few that 
were on display. 

"It is like so much more great 
art pieces were out there by Tom 
Richard that never got a chance to be 

Have a fun and safe Valnetine's 
Day and Mardi Gras break from 
all of us here at The Current Sauce. 


Tori Ladd 
Life Editor 
tladdOO 1 
February 10, 2010 

Love through 
the ages 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in chief 


ift cards, chocolates, flowers 
and... martyrdom? 

We know that February 14 is the 
most romantic day of the year, Val- 
entine's Day. 

It's the day when we go out and 
buy chocolate and flowers for that 
special someone. Kindergarteners 
buy big, themed boxes of cards for 
their classmates and students every- 
where party. 

Flowers are delivered all over 
town. Restaurants take more reser- 
vations than they have space for. 

But, who was St. Valentine and 
why is there a day named for him? 

There are three "Valentines" 
whose martyrdoms are related to 
February 14. 

One was a priest in Rome, one 
was a bishop of Interamna (modern 
Terni) and one was a martyr in the 
Roman province of Africa. 

The most recognized Valentine 
was a Roman priest martyred during 
the reign of Claudius II, also known 
as Claudius Gothicus. Valentine was 
caught helping persecuted Christians 
and marrying Christian couples. 

It is thought that he was ac- 
tively marrying so many couples to 
prevent the men from being coerced 

into homosexual military practices, 
which dated back to ancient Greece. 

It was widely held belief that 
you would fight for your lover with 
more enthusiasm than if you were 
fighting for just a ordinary soldier. 

Valentine was caught and arrest- 
ed by Roman guards, and Claudius 
actually took a liking to the man... 
until he tried to convert Claudius. He 
was then condemned to death. 

Before he died, according to 
legend, he healed the jailer's blind 
daughter and wrote the first "valen- 
tine" to her. 

It read "From your Valentine." 

It is argued that, prior to Geof- 
frey Chaucer, no link between the 
different "Valentines" and roman- 
tic love were ever made. Chaucer 
wrote a poem entitled "Parliament of 
Fow ls" and introduced the idea that 
St. Valentine's Day was a special day 
for lovers. 

Ever since, we have, accord- 
ing to the U.S. Greeting Card Asso- 
ciation, sent approximately 1 billion 
valentines w orldwide each year. The 
holiday falls just behind Christmas 
as the largest card-sending holiday. 

So, on Sunday, as you are sit- 
ting down to a romantic candlelit 
dinner, passing out chocolate or run- 
ning into Wal-Mart only to find the 
person in front of you took the last 
dozen roses, remember that St. Val- 
entine's Day is about the greatest gift 
we can give to someone. Love. 

American poet comes to campus 

Photos by: Tori Ladd/The Current Sauce 

NSU Student Government Associ- 
ation brought American poet, writ- 
er actor and musician Sual Wil- 
liams to NSU on Feb. 9. Williams 
performed pieces of his literature 
in the Student Union Ballroom 
to a packed crowd. In between his 
spoken word, Williams encouraged 
the audience to ask him questions. 
Williams was very animated and 
kept his audience attention while 
changing his pitch and switching 
between spoken word and singing 
every few line. 

Freshman biology major Kym 
Mommy expressed her excitment 
about the show. 

"I really hope they bring more 
people in, I enjoyed it." 

NAACP plans 
for 2nd annual 
talent show 

Tori Ladff" 

Life Editor 


he NSU chapter of the Nation- 
al Advancement of Colored People 
(NAACP) will be hosting their sec- 
ond annual "Light's, Camera, Ac- 
tion" talent in the latter part of the 

Chairperson Marquis Mont 
gomery feels that the talent show 
will give students a chance to show 
case their talents outside of the 

"First place winner will win $75 
prize, second place will win a $50 
prize and third place will win a $25 

Last year's winner, sophomore 
music major Tory Bias won the tal- 
ent show with his voice and will par- 
ticipate again this year. 

"It's really nice, I enjoyed it,' 
Bias said. 

To participate: 

-The student must be in good 
standing with the University. 

-Acts must provide their own 

-Routines must not exceed 5 


-Provide your own audio for the 
audition and the performance. 

-No open flames, sharp objects, 
or any other dangerous additions. 

-Pick up after yourself after- 

-No more than five people per 


-Can only appear once in the 
show and only once per audition 

-Professionals cannot enter the 

-Can only audition during one 
of the three dates. 

-Groups can have no more than 
five people. 

Auditions will take place in 
room 321 on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11, 
and in the Cane River Room on Feb. 
12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The student 
will be given a maximum of 2 min- 
utes to audition, and cannot audition 
twice in one day. 

The talent show is schedule to 
be on Mar. 1 1 or Mar. 1 7 in Magale 
Recital Hall. 

"We hope to have a nice turn out 
like last year," junior business ad- 
ministration major Ronnie Washing- 
ton, President of the NAACP said. 



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Half the Battle: 
Spoiled rotten 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in chief 


was at a fast 
food restaurant 
with a friend some 
time back. 

I ordered our 
food right after this big guy who had 
walked in before us. 

I had ordered a fair amount of 
food and was waiting on our order 
when the guy in front of us walked 
away with his tray. 

Not too long later, he came back 
up to the counter and told the server 
that he had asked for no onions. 

The employee apologized and 
got him another sandwich. The man 
returned to his seat, only to get up 

He returned to the counter once 
more and demanded a sandwich with 
no. . . well, he didn't ask them to hold 
the onions politely. 

The employee was confused. 
He couldn't imagine that an order 
would be made incorrectly twice. 
He got the man a new sandwich, and 
the gentlemen went to his seat once 

At this point, I had the food and 
was going to get the drinks. When 
I turned around, I saw a box fly in 
front of my face, hit the server, and 
fall to the counter. 

The onion hater stood up, shout- 
ing obscene words, and demanded to 
see a manager. 

This is not a story about bad ser- 

This is a story about a man who 
was unsatisfied and was extremely 
rude about it. He was angry that the 
sandwich's sauce had onions in it. 

We, as a nation, have spoiled 

It amazes me just how terrible 
people will act when it comes to res- 
taurant food. If you want it done a 
certain way, make it yourself. 

A guy can be waiting in line at 
a fast food restaurant and pose the 
query "Why is it taking so long?" 

Really? Why is it taking so 
long? You're in your car waiting for 
someone to deep-fry a burger for 
you. Someone is making you a meal 
for $4 and you didn't have to get out 
of your car. 

What amazes me is that these 
fast food workers don't throw boil- 
ing grease on you. 

I know that a large percent 
of food service workers aren't the 
brightest lights on Front Street, but 
you don't have to be a total ass to 
them because they mixed up an or- 
der or gave you a tomato. 

I have friends who get spat on 
by customers and I have friends that 
do the spitting. 

It pains me to see people acting 
so crudely to a person who just tried 
to bring them their meal. 

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Opinionated Spirits: Management 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Columnist 


ollege is a 
place where peo- 
ple gain two types 
of education: aca- 
demic and social. 
The social aspect 
would not exist if it weren't for the 
academic side, of course. 

However, There are important 
factors to consider while one enjoys 
the social aspect of college life. 

The first thing to remember is 
time management. 

A problem that many students 
have in this aspect of college life is 
setting aside more time for social- 
izing and drinking than they do for 
studying and preparing for academ- 

When plotting out one's col- 
lege adventure, a person must also 
always expect delays. 

Weekday beer pong nights and 
the occasional Monday or Tuesday 
night birthday of a close friend turn- 
ing 2 1 are just two small examples of 
speed bumps that could disrupt your 


well-planned schedule of events to 
better manage your time. 

The most honest advice I have 
heard pertaining to how to properly 
organize a schedule in college since 
I began college was from an NSU 
alumni. He suggested to me that the 
way to go is to study during the week 
and party on the weekend. 

It seemed so simple to me at 
first. It just seemed like something 
a parent would say or a high school 
teacher. His comments sunk in more 
than others in the past, however. 

I began to think about all the 
times I had swapped bottles for 
books, and vice versa, and how 
many times it had paid off. It was 
then I began to realize the benefits of 
placing the academic side of college 
ahead of the social side. 

When I looked back on my ex- 
periences, I realized that there was 
always more fun to be had on the 
weekends than during the week any- 

Any drinking done on the week- 
end would always be more fun with 
friends on the weekend when the 
school work was done and there 
were no worries about assignments 
or tests. 

I realized that when drinking 
was included during the week it usu- 
ally affected school wrok. A sober 
week will alayws result in higher 

When one deidces to drink dun- 
rig the week, it will most lielky affect 
their efoftrs throughout the week. 

If stdeunts learn to have pa- 
tience uitnl the wekened when it 
comes to dirknnig, then perhaps we 
can eevtnaully reach a preoid when 
dirknnig is not thought of as such an 
esensiatl part of college life. 

Drinking smilpy causes too 
many prboelms when it comes to 
scohol work. 

Assignmnts can be lost, prob- 
lems left unsolved and papers left 
garmatilcay incorrect. 

The only way to efifceitnly get 
through these prboelms is to have 
a set plan of not dirkning during 
the week and setnitg out to have a 
healthy and task oriented scedhule. 

By focusing on academics and 
not just the soaicl aspect of colegle, 
students can more efficiently focus 
on the tsaks ahead of them and hpo- 
euflly accomplish their gaols (and, 
of course, be able to correctly spell 
words while writing columns). 

91.7 FM 

of KNWD 

Middle Child POV: To judge the jury 

Paul Randall Adams 

Staff Columnist 


iotr Illych 

is still revered 
as one of the 
world's greatest 

Hardly a 
Christmas season passes that retail 
stores don't play snippets of his mu- 
sic from The Nutcracker as shoppers 
line their aisles. 

The lovers' theme from his Ro- 
meo and Juliet can be heard on a 
Tampax commercial today, in fact. 

He wrote beautiful music and 
was successful as a composer. How- 
ever, rumors began to fly and the 
belief spread that Tchaikovsky was 

Quickly, he began to lose popu- 
larity and success. Tchaikovsky was 
being shunned because he was pos- 
sibly gay. 

Today, people continue to be 
ridiculed for their sexual orientation. 
In this forward-thinking world, there 
are still hate crimes against homo- 

When people first meet me, they 
automatically assume that I am gay. 
I am extremely bothered by this. 

Oddly enough, I'm not upset 
because the assumptions are wrong. 

I'm upset because it shows that my 
sexual preference obviously matters 
to somebody. 

If they ponder it that hard, then 
it means that it has a weight on their 
opinion of me. 

But why are these assumptions 
made at all? 

Does being homosexual change 
one's value as an intellectual - as a 

It's baffling to see the amount 
of people who go to great lengths to 
avoid contact with gays. 

They then say that their moral 
codes or their religious beliefs insist 
that homosexuality is wrong. 

These people continue to have 
friends who break laws, who steal, 
maybe use drugs or perhaps drank 
while still underage. 

These are also wrong, accord- 
ing to most moral codes - as break- 
ing the law never seems to be a good 
thing - but apparently not reason 
enough to avoid contact. 

So where does the difference 
lie? What causes one to be worse 
than the other? 

It's disconcerting to see that so 
much emphasis has been placed on a 
person's characteristics. 

From race to gender, from sexu- 
ality to the color of one's hair, peo- 
ple are being discriminated against 
for so many things that they cannot 

Face it - people are different. 
They will always be different. 

If that is the basis for judging 
one's value, one's character, then 
perhaps you should begin judging 

Because you, too, are different 
than everybody else. The fact of the 
matter is that people are people. 

Be they tall or short, fat or skin- 
ny, blonde, brunette, black, white, 
gay, straight. 

These characteristics have no 
bearing on their value as people or 
their role in society. 

If a person is not doing some- 
thing wrong by definition of the law 
or harming others, then he is not up 
to be judged. 

His value does not become any 
less because of one characteristic. 

Would Celine Dionne sell fewer 
records or win fewer awards if she 
were Asian? 

Would Abraham Lincoln have 
not abolished slavery if he had been 

Would Tchaikovsky have writ- 
ten any less beautiful music had he 
been straight? 

It's affable to believe that any 
of the characteristics would have 
changed the course of history. 

So why, now? Why, in this for- 
ward-thinking, be-who-you-want- 
to-be kind of world are these judg- 
ments still passed? Why do these 
characteristics matter? 

Wake up and smell the coffee. 
We're neither judge, nor jury. Our 
judgments are inane. 

The day the music died 

Zach McLendon 

Guest Columnist 


ome say that 
"the day the music 
died" was when 
Buddy Holly's 
plane crashed, 
others say it was 
when a free concert at Altamont 
turned into a Hell's Angels rally. 

But for this music lover, I say 
it was the day that Antares Audio 
Technologies invented Auto-Tune. 

For those of you who are not 
familiar with Auto-Tune, it is a com- 
puter program that can make any 
third-rate karaoke singer sound like 
Whitney Houston. 

Almost every major studio 
around the world is equipped with 
Auto-Tune, and it has been used to 
manipulate many famous voices 
since 1997. 

Really think about that. Any 
popular singer from the last thirteen 

years that you thought sounded like 
an angel may instead just be a cheap 
knock-off of real talent. 

These singers are manufactured 
and processed everyday, like off- 
brand fabrics or TV dinners, and 
sold to the masses at unfair markups. 

What makes things worse is that 
the National Academy of Recording 
Arts and Sciences (NARAS) con- 
dones Auto- Tune as a godsend. 

This is the equivalent of the 
MLB allowing its players to use 
steroids or the Louvre displaying a 
color-by-numbers. These falsehoods 
are not tolerated, so why should Au- 
to-Tune be? 

Now there are many arguments 
that can be made that Auto-Tune is a 
good thing such as "it corrects off- 
key notes" and that "it perfects the 
music experience." 

I guess I am part of that dying 
breed that thinks music should never 
be perfect. Music is what raw human 
emotion sounds like, and humanity 
is not perfect, so why should our mu- 
sic be? 

And I'm sure that there 


those of you who disagree, but let 
me ask you this: Can you name 50 
songs from last year? 

How about the year before that? 
My bet is that you can't, and do you 
want to know why? Because they 
weren't real. 

They were created in a comput- 
er, electronically altered to be per- 
fect, but it seems the more perfect 
they are, the less human emotion 
they have. 

It's that lack of emotion that 
makes it hard to name, even remem- 
ber, 50 songs from last year. 

However, there are those tiny 
bright specs of hope that make the 
darkness of a radio worth it, but they 
are few and far between. They are 
those songs that get inside of you 
and stay there forever, with out the 
slightest help of Auto-Tune. 

But I guess a music purist like 
myself can only hope that a cure is 
soon discovered for this Auto-Tune 
epidemic, but until then I'll stick 
with my Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd. 

They may not be perfect ... but at 
least they're real. 

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Sports Editor 
February 10, 2009 

Bs'in with 
the Bull: 
Who Dat?! 



Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 


makes me most 
upset is when 
people tell me 
that "Sports 
_ don't matter!" 
I have heard 
this and many other things such as, 
"It's just a game," and "In the grand 
scheme of everything, it doesn't af- 
fect anything but the players wallet," 

My response to that is. ..The 
Saints are the Super Bowl Champi- 

Let me repeat that again, real 
quick, just in case you missed it. The 
Saints are the Super Bowl Champi- 

I say that because up until this 
season, the words "Saints" and "Su- 
per Bowl" never belonged in the 
same sentence. 

That is no longer the case. 

This was an amazing victory 
for the New Orleans Saints, a huge 
win for the state of Louisiana and an 
even bigger win for the city of New 

Let's think back on all the bad 
things that have happened to the city 
of New Orleans. 

First off, they have had argu- 
ably one of the worst football teams 
in NFL history. 

The Saints have even had Su- 
per Bowl Champion and Hall of 
Fame coaches such as Mike Ditka, 
head coach of the 1985 Super Bowl 
Champion Chicago Bears, and Hank 
Stram, head coach of the Super Bowl 
IV Champion Kansas City Chiefs. 

Even with these coaches, the 
Saints were only able to manage a 
264-381-5 since the team's inception 
into the NFL in 1967. 

This is ranked in the bottom five 
for teams with at least 200 games 

Also, there was Hurricane Ka- 

That is something that needs no 
explanation at all. 

People are still trying to recover 
for that. 

Then, because of the hurricane, 
the Saints had to set up shop in San 
Antonio, and even had to play a 
home game aganist the New York 
Giants in New York. 

On top of all that, Tom Benson, 
Saints owner, wanted to move the 
team to San Antonio. 

There is a laundry list of other 
things that could be listed here. We 
could spend all day discussing every 
bad thing that has happend to New 
Orleans and the Saints. 

But with this victory, all of that 
is erased. Because of this one win 
by this team in this one game, which 
let's face it is "just a game," every 
bad thing is now erased. 

The doubts and fears have been 
replaced with hope and optimism. 

This is one of the biggest things 
that could have ever happened to the 
city of New Orleans. 

It almost seems unfair when you 
think about it for the Colts. 

I say that because the Colts had 
53 guys in uniform, but the Saints 
had millions. 

The Saints had every person 
that was affected by Katrina, every 
fan that has known someone to wear 
a brown paper bag over their head 
when the Saints were the "Aints." 

Anybody that has ever had any- 
thing bad happen to them while liv- 
ing there was rooting for them. 

But because of this win by this 
team, all is forgiven. 

And this is something that could 
quite possibly be the jump start that 
gets the city of New Orleans out of 
its rut and returns it to the great and 
prominent city it use to be. 

Because of this one team that 
won that one game, change can hap- 

Now tell me sports don't matter. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Senior forward Sherrion Thomas 
(24) putting up a shot in the lane, 
on her way to a double-double in 
the 86-82 loss to UTA. 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

The Lady Demons' basket- 
ball team dropped to 12-9 
on the season and 5-3 in the 
conference after Saturday night's 
86-82 loss to University of Texas- 
Arlington in Prather Coliseum. 

The Lady Demons started 
strong and built an 8-2 lead five 
minutes into the game, but the Lady 
Mavericks went on a 5-0 run to bring 
the game within one. 

With 10:29 to play in the first 
half, the Lady Demons were up 19- 
1 6, but a scoring drought and good 
offense by the Lady Mavericks gave 
UTA their largest lead in the game. 

The Lady Mavericks went on a 
19-6 run to push the score to 37-25 
with 1 :25 to play in the first half. 

At halftime, the Lady Maver- 
icks were up by double-digits, lead- 
ing the Lady Demons by 12 with the 
score being 40-28. 

"I don't think that drought in 
the first half was the difference of 
the game," Head Coach Jennifer 
Graf said. "The difference was us 
giving up 86 points. There are very 
few games you're going to win when 
giving up that many points." 

In the second half, the Lady De- 
mons put together a 1 5-5 run to close 
the gap to five, with the score being 
50-45, but the lead would eventually 
go back to double-digits. 

The Lady Demons continued 
to fight and got the lead back down 
to six after two baskets and a free 
throw by Trudy Armstead with 5:24 
left in regulation. 

But once again, everything 
would go UTA's way. The Lady 
Mavs scored the next 10 of 12 shots 
and pushed the lead to 12 points. 

The Lady came back from a 
12-point deficit with 3:02 left in the 

Anna Cate Williams, Armstead 
and Lyndzee Greene fueled another 
comeback attempt. 

Williams sank a three ball fol- 
lowed by two layups from Armstead 
and Greene making the score 77-72. 

NSU would then cut the lead 
to three, but in the final minute, 
UTA made seven free throws to end 
the Lady Demons' hopes of a final 

"We did a good job offensively 
in the second half," Graf said. "We 
were able to get the ball down low to 
Sherrion (Thomas) and Trudy (Arm- 

"I thought we really outmatched 
them there. But defensively, we just 
didn't do a good job guarding and let 
them have too many transition buck- 

The Lady Demons went 50 per- 
cent from the floor in the second half 
compared to the 28 percent they shot 
in the first. 

Armstead led the lady Demons 
in scoring with a career-high 23 
points. She found the net 

Senior NSU forward Thomas 
bagged a double-double with 18 
points and 1 1 rebounds. 

Senior NSU guard Greene also 
had a career-high 17 points while ju- 
nior Brittany Houston added to the 
total points with 1 1 of her own. 

This game continued the streak 
the Lady Mavericks' hold of coach 

The Lady Mavs have a nine 
game winning streak over the Lady 
Demons while Graff is head coach. 

The Lady Demons' next game 
is Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Prather 

The team play host to Stephen 
F. Austin. This is the second time the 
two teams face each other this sea- 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 
Senior guard Lynzee Green (15) 
putting up a well contended shot 
on her way to a career-high 17 

Losing ground in race 

for tourney 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 


lthough this week has been 
rough for the Demon bas- 
ketball team on the court, 
there was a bright spot off 

of it. 

Brothers Michael and Logan 
McConathy for the second straight 
year have been elected to the ESPN 
the Magazine Academic All-District 
VI basketball team. 

With this honor, both of their 
names will appear on the Academic 
All-American voting ballot later this 

As for on the court, the Demon 
basketball team has always been a 
slow-to-develop team. 

NSU has always relied on a 
strong push toward the end of the 
season to vault them into the confer- 
ence tournament. 

But losing to McNeese State 
92-85, and the University Texas-Ar- 
lington 81-80, won't help vault the 
Demons anywhere except toward 
the cellar. 

"This is disappointing, because 
this is as well as we played together 
all year long," Demons Head Coach 

Mike McConathy said. 

In the McNeese game, the De- 
mons did play well together, and 
scoring came from everywhere. 

Senior guard Demon Jones led 
the way with a game high, 19 points. 

Will Pratt and Devon Baker also 
had a double-digit night for NSU, 
scoring 1 8 and 1 3 respectively. 

Shamir Davis, Michael Mc- 
Conathy and William Mosley each 
added eight. 

Mosley also had a huge game 
on the boards, collecting a team-high 
15 rebounds. He also accounted for 
six blocks. 

Mosley is also currently 3 rd in 
the nation in blocks per game. 

With the Demons losing some 
momentum at home against MSU, 
NSU hoped to regain traction against 
UTA, but a 10-foot jumper with 4.3 
seconds left on the clock would 
leave the Demons in the same rut it 
entered the game in. 

Scoring for the Demons, again, 
came from everywhere, with Will 
Pratt leading the way with 1 6. 

Charles Clark had a career night 
scoring 15. Damon Jones and Devon 
Baker both added 12. 

"Missed free throws, not just 

the last two, burned us. Some of our 
best free throw shooters didn't get it 
done," McConathy said. "But I'm 
not going to let that detract from the 
effort and togetherness that was our 
best this year. 

"We didn't do anything-remark- 
able stat wise, but the heart our guys 
showed, we got better tonight. We 
just didn't win." 

Those missed free throws have 
been an Achilles heel for the De- 
mons all season. 

NSU only manages to shoot 60 
percent from the charity stripe. 

Along with only being able to 
shoot 60 percent from the free throw 
line, the Demons also could only 
muster a paltry 38 percent from the 

The Demons with a record of 
7-13 overall and 2-5 in SLC play, 
look to regain some of the momen- 
tum lost this week as they travel 
to Nagadoches, Texas to play the 
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, to- 

The Demons then play host to 
the Bears of Central Arkansas on 
Saturday, Feb. 13. Tip-off is slated 
for 2 p.m. 


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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 ♦ Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Student Newspaper of NSU since 1914* Volume 95: Issue 18 

Terasa says goodbye to NSU 

David Royal 

New Editor 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Reporter 

NSU's Division of Student 
Affairs held a reception to 
honor Fred Terasa 's nine 
years of service to the university on 

Terasa retired Friday as NSU's 
director of the Friedman Student 

He first came to NSU in 1980 
while he was still in the U.S. Army. 
He was an instructor for the Army 
ROTC for four years before leaving 
to work at the University of Georgia. 

In 2005, Terasa returned to NSU 
and held positions for a number of 
departments, including University 
Columns and Student Affairs. 

Director of Student Affairs 
Yonna Pasch worked closely with 
Terasa, and said he will be missed 

by both NSU officials and students. 

"Mr. Fred was a valuable asset 
to Student Affairs," Pasch said. "I 
wish him well with his future en- 

Dean of Students Chris Maggio 
shared a similar sentiment toward 

"Fred has been an outstanding 
employee and a wonderful ambassa- 
dor for our university," Maggio said. 
"We will certainly miss his commit- 
ment and dedication to NSU." 

Terasa explained that although 
it will be difficult to leave the uni- 
versity and the people behind, it will 
be nice to relax and enjoy the ben- 
efits of his hard work. 

Chris Sampite replaced Terasa 
as the director of the student union 
this week. 

Like Terasa, Sampite has served 
in numerous positions at NSU in- 
volving athletics, housing and the 
Physical Plant. 

Sampite, who has worked for 
the university for 12 years, said he is 

excited to be in a new and challeng- 
ing role. 

"I'm looking forward to work- 
ing closely with the students," 
Sampite said. 

He said one goal he has planned 
for the student union is to renovate 
The Alley, which is located on the 
first floor and was once used by 
many Recognized Student Organi- 

Sampite said the area has great 
potential, and it should be a priority 
to revitalize it. 

The first phase would include 
replacing the flooring, lights and 
furniture. Then he would identify 
ways to make The Alley more fun 
and attractive to students, Sampite 

Pasch said she is confident 
Sampite will do well in his new po- 

"I'm excited to be working with 
Chris Sampite," Pasch said. "He 
seems to be motivated and willing to 
work for the students' best interest." 

Photo by Amanda Duncil/ The Current Sauce 
Fred Terasa (right) stands with his wife and Dean of Students Chris Maggio at his retirement reception held on 
Thursday. Tarasa worked for NSU for around nine years and retired as the director of Friedman Student Union. 

Miss LOB reaches out to less fortunate 

McCord visits ill children at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital 

David Royal 

News Editor 

L/ 1 

Contributed Photo 

2010 Miss Lady of the Bracelet visited three patients at the St Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria this past 
weekend to show her support for the Children's Miracle Network and to try to brighten the patients' day. 

(arley McCord, NSU's 2010 
,Miss Lady of the Bracelet, 
visited children receiving care 
at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Al- 
exandria this past weekend. 

McCord's trip was meant to sup- 
port the Miss Louisiana platform of 
bringing awareness and raising funds 
for the Children's Miracle Network. 

She spent time with three pa- 
tients at the hospital - an infant only 
about a week old, a baby around 2 
years old and a girl around 1 7 years 

In addition to spending time 
with the patients, McCord also 
brought them Easter baskets. 

It was an amazing experience, 
she said. 

"It was kind of a bitter sweet 
moment," said McCord, who is a se- 

nior criminal justice major. 

"You know you're reaching out 
and touching their hearts, but at the 
same time you are reminded of the 
condition they have to live in." 

The parents of the ill children 
also got a great deal out of her visit, 
McCord said. 

"I think it gave the parents hope 
when they saw me going out to make 
a difference in their children's lives," 
she said. 

McCord is working with 2009 
Miss Lady of the Bracelet Brittany 
Pippin to raise money for the Chil- 
dren's Miracle Network. 

They are planning fundraising 
events, such as a Softball tournament 
and car washes. 

Also, McCord said they hope to 
work with the local schools to pro- 
vide the opportunity for students to 
donate $1 to the Children's Miracle 
Network in exchange for being al- 
lowed to wear jeans to class, instead 

of their normal school uniform. 

Before being chosen as Miss 
LOB, McCord had already held 
multiple events, including a walk-a- 
thon and candy and bake sales. 

With those previous events, 
McCord raised about $1200 that 
went toward a playground for the 
Children's Miracle Network located 
in Baton Rouge. 

McCord is also planning to 
raise awareness and funds for her 
own personal platform of curing pa- 

"We have the technology to 
cure [paralysis,]" McCord said. 

"We just need the funding to 
make it a reality." 

All of these events will take 
place before June, which is when 
the Miss Louisiana Pageant will be 
held in Monroe, explained McCord. 

McCord will be competing 
against about 26 other contestants. 

Student Government Association 
Weekly Update 

- Due to the fact that it was unable to maintain quorom in its regular meeting, the SGA will hold an emergency meeting this week to vote on four bills. 

- The bills addressed at the emergency meeting will relate to Iberville nutrition and sanitation. Black Board's text feature and class dismissal for Research Day 

- Tabled bills for next weeks meetings include a music fee proposal, feminine hygiene product request and traffic conjestion. 

- At this point, two sets of running mates have signed up for this year's SGA Presidential/ Vice Presidential race: Mark Daniels/Patrick Brooks and Matthew 

Morrison/Ruth Wisher. 

-Shanice Major is running for SGA Treasurer unopposed. 


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Speed dating: 

Zeta Phi Beta 
plays match maker 

Taylor Graves 

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C'ollege is a place for learn- 
ing, new experiences, party- 
ing and dating. Often times, 
many students marry their 
college sweethearts. 

The sisters of Zeta Phi Beta, 
Inc., try to help their fellow col- 
leagues each semester by sponsor- 
ing a speed dating night in Friedman 
Student Union Ballroom. 

"It is a free event that gives sin- 
gles on campus a chance to mingle 
in a safe and relaxing atmosphere," 
said Anesha Roberson, the president 
of Zeta Phi Beta. 

According to www.nyeasy-, 95 percent of men and 80 
percent of women report a positive 
experience at speed dating. 

Zeta Phi Beta turns the student 
union ballroom into a calm, stress- 
free environment once a semester so 
students can enjoy the excitement of 
speed dating. 

Students sat at tables decorated 
with rose petals and chocolate can- 

Upon arriving, each attendee 
was given a mint, dating questions, 
pen and a nametag. Participants also 
received a scorecard so they could 
remember what they liked and dis- 
liked about each person. 

The s^iMt"| added the rose pet- 
als and scorecards this semester to 
keep the event new and different. 

After everyone arrived, they sat 
at tables and were given seven min- 
utes to date. When time was up, the 
students rotated to the next table. 

The idea of speed dating seemed 
to go over well with the students. 

"I think speed dating is a great 
way to meet new people," Garrison 
Moore, junior vocal music perfor- 
mance major, said. 

'it's a great way to get to know 
the opposite sex for a relationship 
and/or friendship," he said. 

Moore was successful at the 
speed-dating event when he met 
someone who shared his musical in- 

"One never knows what can 
happen or who will show up," he 

There were 35 people that at- 
tended the speed-dating event. 

According to www.nyeasy-, 60 percent of women - 
compared to only 10 percent of men 
- take friends with them to speed dat- 

Since 1974, the NSU Zeta Phi 
Beta chapter has been active on cam- 
pus and through service and charita- 
ble projects. 

Zeta Phi Beta often volunteer 
at the Stork's Nest, a program that 
supports pregnancies in low-income 
homes, and partake in campus ac- 

;Zeta Phi Beta will continue to 
bring love once every semester to 
NSU through speed dating. 

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Half the Battle: 
Who's asking? 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in chief 


on't ask. 
Don't tell. 

In the mili- 
tary, it was a term 
that referred to the 
policy of not ask- 
ing a person's sex- 
uality, and not revealing your own. 

Up until recently, there wasn't a 
whole lot of fuss about it. 

But, ever since the idea to repeal 
the policy came up, we can't seem to 
stop talking about it. 

I'm awestruck at some of the 
discussion that goes on. It's evolved 
(or, perhaps, devolved) into the age- 
old discussion of whether we should 
allow gays into the military. 

Why not? 

We can allow 1 8 year olds into 
the military. 

We are seeking to lift a ban on 
women serving on submarines. But 
we're still not down with letting 
gays actively and openly serve in the 

Let me get this straight... you 
want to deny gays, lesbians, bisexu- 
als and transgenders/sexuals citizen- 
ship in the U.S.? 

I mean, you are denying them 
their rights as a citizen to defend 
their country. Let's take away their 
right to vote next. Keeping people 

from being able to vote has worked 
so well in the past, right? 

These people are incredibly 
brave for wanting to fight for their 

They want to serve us. And... 
you won't let them? Because you are 
so incredibly biased that you can't 
see past their private lives? 

A 2006 poll asked military 
members how they felt about gays 
and lesbians in the military. 

26% were in favor of gays and 
lesbians serving in the military, 37% 
opposed gays and lesbians serving, 
and 37% expressed no preference or 
were unsure. 

66% of respondents who had 
experience with gays or lesbians in 
their unit said that the presence of 
gay or lesbian unit members had ei- 
ther no impact or a positive impact 
on their personal morale, while 64% 
said as much for overall unit morale. 

In terms of respondents that 
were uncertain whether they had 
served with gay or lesbian personnel, 
51% thought that such unit members 
would have a neutral or positive ef- 
fect on personal morale, while 48% 
thought that they would have a nega- 
tive effect on unit morale. 

73% of respondents said that 
they felt comfortable in the presence 
of gay and lesbian personnel. 

So. . . they're mostly OK with it. 
Why are those of us who don't serve 
feel so strongly against it? 

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On crime, part two 

Eric Guidry 

Guest Columnist 

I recently had 
the opportu- 
nity to listen 
to an economist 
lecture on how the 
war on drugs has 
done nothing but 
make the profit 
rise and increase violence in the in- 
dustry. I thought I would share what 
I learned. 

First of all, the war on drugs has 
been a black hole for our economy. 
We continually pour tax dollars into 
an ineffective prison system and 
spend countless dollars on task forc- 
es to stop drug crimes. 

Currently in America, more 
than half the inmates are in prison 
due to this war on drugs. 

The first step taken in the war on 
drugs was to create more resistance. 
This should decrease participation, 
but all it did was increase the price 
of the drugs. 

Normally, the increase in the 
cost of the product is due to increase 
in production cost. This acts as a bal- 
ance so to keep the profit the same. 

Now, the price is going up due to an 
intangible variable, risk of going to 

So, if the person never gets 
caught, his increase in production 
cost is nonexistence, whereas his in- 
crease in price is quite large. 

This makes his profit astronomi- 
cal. Large profit will lure more peo- 
ple into the industry, but only those 
that are willing to take the risk of 
getting caught. Now we have created 
an entire industry of risk-takers. 

So we increased the penalty for 
drug trafficking to decrease partici- 
pation, but the industry is now com- 
posed of risk-takers; it didn't work. 
So we decided to make the penalty 

One theory on why people will 
continually commit crimes is be- 
cause of how long our system takes 
to give punishment. It will often 
be over a year before a person who 
committed a crime will be put in jail. 

Making the law that a person 
will go directly to jail if caught sell 
or producing drugs should have 
worked, but again we are dealing 
with a risk-taking industry. 

If a drug producer's farm is 
found by a passerby, the producer 

thinks "I could let this person go tell 
the cops, and I will be immediately 
brought to prison for 40 years; OR I 
could get rid of him in the hopes that 
the cops don't find out." 

On a side note, if he is caught, 
he will probably get less than 40 
years and it will be two years before 
he goes to jail anyway. 

So all the war on drugs has done 
is increase the violence of those in- 
volved and increased their profit. 
What should we do? 

How about legalize the less 
harmful drugs. We saw the same 
problems we are seeing now during 
prohibition, and legalizing alcohol 
reduced the problems. Every econo- 
mist in America knows that legaliz- 
ing drugs would benefit. 

It brings in revenue, it would 
lower crime, we would not need to 
allocate so many police officers to 
the drug task force and we would 
spend less money on the prison sys- 
tem. So why haven't less harmful 
drugs been legalized? 


"Colloquium " is part of a series on 
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Middle Child POV: 
Mondays with Maurice 

Paul Randall Adams 

Staff Columnist 


t's funny 
how much 
we learn 
about ourselves 
through the eyes 
of others. 

It's also 
funny how much 
we learn about 
ourselves when 

we're put in an uncomfortable situ- 

Monday, I was put in a situation 
that I was completely unprepared 

As an avid church-goer, it was 
not unusual for me to attend a re- 
vival with my friend, Jessica, at a 
church foreign to both of us. 

However, as the night went on, 
as the sermon dragged into the third 
hour and the preacher droned on in- 
coherently, we began to fidget, whis- 
per and text message, hoping to find 
a way out. 

We became uncomfortable and 
our "fight or flight" instinct kicked 

Jessica was angry, back-talking 
the preacher under her breath, and 
complaining about the irrelevance 
of the things he was saying. I simply 
wanted out. 

Fight and flight. 

I learned then that it is almost 
impossible to fight our animal in- 

We were saved, at long last, by 
the celebration of song that followed 
and left the night feeling less shaken 
than we expected to be. 

We dined that night with Mau- 
rice, a friend-of-a-friend, who taught 
me more about myself than I've 
learned in a long time. 

In a few short minutes, Maurice 
was able to tell me my entire life 
story, it seemed. 

He was able to read in me the 
types of things I have gone through 
in my life. 

He was able to tell me my res- 
ervations about meeting new people, 
and where many of my personality 
traits are a hindrance to my person. 

My eyes were opened to a side 
of myself that I had never discov- 

I was more revived at the fast 
food restaurant than I was at the 
church revival. All thanks to Mau- 

How often do people stop to 
reevaluate themselves because of 
something that somebody said? 
How often do we stop to take a look 
at ourselves from another's perspec- 

How often are we grateful for 
the Maurices in life, those who are 
willing to tell you point-blank how 

they feel about you and what they 
see in you? 

More often that not, we avoid 
being like Maurice. 

We avoid pointing people's 
flaws out their faces. 

We, instead, snicker behind 
their backs and make oft-handed 
jokes that they don't quite under- 

It's nice to look at the world 
like Maurice. It's nice to look over 
the world, and honestly assess it. 

And to have no fear sharing that 

Sometimes I fear that I wouldn't 
be my own friend, if I saw me the 
way that he did. 

How many others are there who 
feel the same way? 

How many others feel that if 
they saw themselves through anoth- 
er's eyes, they would not want to be 
associated with themselves? 

I wonder if we become the peo- 
ple we are because of that fight or 
flight that's built in us. 

Getting close to people causes 
us to be uncomfortable, at first, so 
we fight or we fly. 

We fear people will not like 
what they see. So we make our- 
selves unapproachable. 

We preemptively make our- 
selves unattractive. Why? 

Isn't it funny how much one can 
learn over a double cheeseburger? 

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February 24, 2009 

Gaining momentum 
down the stretch 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

The NSU Demon basketball 
team held off a late push 
by Lamar University to 
win their third consecutive game by 
the score of 82-79 Saturday night in 
Prather Coliseum. 

The win moved the Demons to 
10-15 on the season and 5-7 in the 
Southland Conference while hand- 
ing the Cardinals their third consec- 
utive loss. 

"Our team has made progress 
and now it's showing on the score- 
board." Head Coach Mike McCona- 
thy said. "Every one of our (13) guys 
who hit the floor today made a play 
for us that helped make the differ- 

"We worked very hard, we 
played unselfish basketball, and we 
fought through the rough patches 
and showed some toughness holding 
on at the end." 

The game was full of back and 
forth action in the opening minutes. 
Seven lead changes and five ties 
came about before NSU took the 
lead for the last time, just after the 
midway point in the first half. 

The Demons went on a 1 8-4 run 
before halftime to push the score to 
45-33, but the Cardinals closed the 
gap by scoring the last six points of 
the half. 

After halftime, NSU managed 
to go up by 11 points, but the Cardi- 
nals crept within five after Lamar's 
Coy Custer scored on a slam dunk 

w ith 6:02 left in the game. 

The Demons cooled off La- 
mar's sizzling senior forward Justin 
Nabors after he scorched NSU with 
21 points in the first half. 

Nabors finished the game with 
a career-high 26 points and 11 re- 
bounds while grabbing his 12 th dou- 
ble-double along the way 

Just under the one-minute mark. 
Lamar connected on a ihree point 
basket to close the game to four. 

NSU's Devon Baker was 
fouled, but made two free throws 
that potentially iced the game with 
36 seconds left in the game. 

Lamar continued to fight and hit 
a three pointer with 26 seconds left, 
but Baker would again cash in at the 
charity strip pushing the Demons' 
lead up to five with the score being 

NSU had 10 players that con- 
tributed to the scoreboard. It was 
another day in the office for NSU's 
three stars. Senior guard Damon 
Jones posted a 14-point perfor- 
mance, while junior transfers Baker 
and Will Pratt had 19 points each. 
Pratt also snagged a career-high 1 1 
rebounds and earned his first colle- 
giate double-double. 

Senior guard Michael McCona- 
thy had a season-high seven assist in 
26 minutes played. 

The Demon basketball team's 
next game is Wednesday night as the 
team visits Texas-San Antonio. The 
team's next home court appearance 
is Saturday at 2 p.m. when NSU 
plays host to Texas State. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 
Will Pratt scored 19 points in 
the Demons' 82-79 victory over 
Lamar this past Saturday night 
at Prather Coliseum 

NSU's freshmen Andrea 
Nedorostova was named this 
week's Southland Conference 
women's tennis player of the 

Nedorostova was a com- 
bined 6-0 in singles and dou- 
bles action against Tulane, 
New Orleans and Houston this 
past week. She helped spark a 
6-1 victory for the Lady De- 
mons at Houston with a 6-0, 
6-2 win at No. 5 singles. 

For the season, Nedorosto- 
va is a perfect 4-0 on the sea- 
son in singles action and 4-0 in 
doubles competition teaming 
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Stumbling down 
the stretch 

Jimmie Walker 

S'aff Reporter 

Despite having five players 
score in double figures, 
the Lady Demons' bas- 
ketball team fell to Lamar 
University's Lady Cardinals 84-67 
Saturday in Beaumont. Texas. 

The loss gave the Lady Demons 
their fourth in the last five games and 
squared their in-conference record 
off at 6-6. 

"Defensively, we just weren't 
there at all," NSU Head Coach 
Jennifer Graf said. "We didn't do 
a good job of getting back on de- 
fense and contesting shots. We also 
turned the ball over too many times 
and couldn't knock down some easy 

The Lady Cardinals ran the 
break well and was reward with 14 
fast break points. 

"Taking nothing away from La- 
mar, but I really believe we beat our- 
selves today," Graf said. 

The Lady Demons turned the 
ball over 19 times, which led to 
Lamar capitalizing and scoring 22 
points of their own. 

In the opening minutes, the 
Lady Cards and Lady Demons 
couldn't buy a bucket. 

Lamar missed its first nine shots, 
and NSU missed their first four. 

The game was tied at 1 5-alI just 
above the 10 minute mark. Lamar 
connected on a jumper that gave 
them a lead that they never relin- 
quished . 

With 6:21 left in the first half, 
the Lady Cards went on a 1 3-2 run 
to push the score to 42-29. 

Up by 13 at the half with the 
score being 48-35, the Lady Cardi- 
nals came out blazing and went on 
a 19-5 run to give Lamar a 27-point 

The Lady Cardinals were led 
by Brittany Williams with 18 points. 
Kalis Lloyd added 15 of her ow n and 
and Danielle HeithofT followed her 
with a career-high 1 3 points of her 
own. Jenna Plumey banked her fifth 
double-double of the season with a 
10 points- 12 assist performance 

Brittiany Houston, Brooke 
Shepherd and Trudy Armstead each 
scored 14 points, while Sherrion 
Thomas added 1 1 points, and Lyn- 
dzee Greene added 10. 

As a whole, NSU shot 38.7 per- 
cent as opposed to the Lady Card's 

NSU was not able to get above 
the 40 rebound mark as they were 
outrebounded 41-34 

The Lady Demons' next game 
is Wednesday night in Prather Coli- 
seum at 7 p.m. The team plays host 
to Texas- San Antonio. 



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Student Newspaper of NSU since 1914* Volume 95: Issue 19 

Provost search narrowed down to two 

Sarah Cramer 

Staff Reporter 

The Provost Search Commit- 
tee recently narrowed its se- 
lection down from five can- 
didates to two: Ihassan Alkadi and 
NSU's Lisa Abney. 

Abney is the current acting pro- 
vost and vice president of Academic 
and Student Affairs. 

She temporarily replaced 
Thomas Hanson, who stepped down 
during the summer after serving 
in the position for more than four 
years. Prior to serving as acting pro- 
vost, Abney was dean of the College 
of Liberal Arts. 

Alkadi is currently a professor 
at University of Louisiana at Lafay- 

Marcus Jones, cabinet represen- 
tative and vice president for Univer- 
sity Affairs, said the committee is 
looking for someone who can suc- 
cessfully handle the budget cuts the 
university is experiencing. 

"It's a difficult, difficult chal- 
lenge for the incoming provost," 
Jones said. 

"They have to balance continu- 
ing to prov ide a high level of service 
to the student, which is our custom- 
er, and also balancing the rights and 
needs and desires of the faculty. 

"We want somebody who can 
sort of hit the ground running, and 

not have to play catch up, because 
these are crucial issues that have to 
be quickly addressed." 

Steve Horton, committee chair 
and dean of Graduate Studies and 
Research, said the position was ad- 
vertised through the Chronicles of 
Higher Education electronic job 
announcement service, through the 
state job announcement service and 
through the local media. 

A total of five applicants re- 
sponded, and after reviewing the ap- 
plications, two finalists, who met the 
criteria for provost, were selected. 

"[NSU President Randall 
Webb]... generated a very compre- 
hensive job description that required 
credentials at the professor level," 
Horton said. 

"The candidate would also have 
to demonstrate extensive experience 
at the administrative level in the ar- 
eas of management, budget and de- 

Horton said that there was a 
third candidate who removed them 
self from the list upon being invited 
to an in-person interview. 

The search committee is made 
up of an additional 12 faculty and 
staff members. 

Faculty and students will have 
the opportunity to meet with the fi- 
nalists on Thursday and Friday. 

Abney will speak on Thursday 
at 2 p.m. and Alkadi on Friday at 10 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 
Lisa Abney (above), the current acting provost and vice president of Academic and Student Affairs, is one of two 
final choices to fill the provost position permanently. Ihassan Alkadi, a professor at the University of Louisiana La- 
fayette is the other. NSU officials intend to make their final decision by April. 


The Faculty Senate and Student 
Government Association are hosting 
a forum, which will give students 
and faculty the chance to ask the 
candidates questions. 

Afterwards, the search commit- 
tee, Webb's cabinet and the Dean's 
Council will interv iew the canidates. 

From there, the committee 
will make their recommendation to 
Webb, who will make his recom- 

mendation to the University of Loui- 
siana Board of Regents. 

Horton said the final selection 
will hopefully be made by April, and 
the new provost will begin his or her 
position on July 1 . 

Club Sports freezes funding to fix 'broken system' 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The NSU Club Sports Commit- 
tee temporarily suspended its 
funding service last week in 
order to correct legal and communi- 
cation issues that are present within 
the system. 

The committee, which is part 
of the Student Government Associa- 
tion, currently has a budget of about 
$8 1,000 that can be given to official 
organized team sports on campus to 
support costs for events and trips. 

Problems concerning the paper 
work and approval process, howev- 
er, has put this committee's funding 
to a halt. 

"We put Club Sports funding on 
a freeze because it is currently a bro- 
ken system," SGA Treasurer Shanice 
Major said. 

The problems within the system 
were brought to Major's attention 
shortly after returning from the uni- 
versity's Mardi Gras holiday break. 

Over the holiday weekend, two 
drivers and 24 players from the De- 
mon Dodgeball team traveled to 
Western Kentucky University to 
compete in a tournament. 

On the way there, one of the 
buses was involved in a three-way 
car collision outside of Shreveport, 
said Davina McClain, who is the ad- 
visor for the team and the director of 
the Louisiana Scholars' College. 

According to McClain, who also 
attended the trip to Kentucky, one of 
the other drivers involved took full 
responsibility of the collision, and 
said the driver of the Demon Dodge- 
ball team was not at fault. 

SGA Advisor Yonna Pasch said 
after looking at the paperwork sub- 

mitted for the trip, however, there is 
a possibility that the university could 
have been or is legally liable. 

As a result, the university is cur- 
rently withholding reimbursement 
for the dodgeball team's trip, which 
McClain said cost about $2,000 to- 
tal and is currently charged on her 
credit card. 

Pasch explained that McClain 
and the dodgeball team filled out 
and submitted all the paperwork that 
was given to them, but said there 
were other forms that needed to be 
filled out and a miscommunication 
between the Club Sports Committee 
and university officials at the WRAC 
concerning the actual approval of 
funding for the trip. 

"[The Demon Dodgeball team] 
was technically awarded money to 
go on the trip, but there are a lot of 
factors that need to be addressed," 

Pasch said. 

Both sides said they are confi- 
dent the reimbursement issue will 
eventually be solved. 

"I'm patient," McClain said. "I 
understand things take time here. 
Anytime you do something new, 
there will be kinks." 

Pasch agreed by saying, "This 
all is a learning process for the SGA, 
and we're doing everything we can 
to fix it." 

McClain said she hopes the 
Club Sports Committee will be able 
to fix the system by the end of the 
semester, which is when the Demon 
Dodgeball team is scheduled to trav- 
el to Ohio to compete in the National 
Collegiate Dodgeball Association 

For the past two weeks, Pasch 
and Major have been working to- 
gether to simplify and correct the 

Club Sports funding system. 

They said many of the problems 
date back to previous SGA adminis- 

Pasch explained that she and 
Major have redesigned a new Club 
Sports handbook that is easier to 
keep up with and a new checklist for 
both the chair person of Club Sports 
and the team applying for funding. 

"We are crossing our 't's' and 
dotting our 'i's' with everything," 
Pasch said. 

Pasch said it is her goal to have 
the funding system up and running 
again by the end of this week. 

Although the process has been 
stressful and tedious, Major added 
that there will be a positive outcome. 

"I can guarantee that once we 
do get everything fixed, the fund- 
ing system will run like clockwork," 
Major said. 

KNWD expands exposure with new equipment 

Photo by Joe Cunningham/ The Current Sauce 
NSU students Kelli Otto and Jeffery Sholar working on their radio show for 
91.7 KNWD with some of the new equipment purchased by the station. 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Laila Benjamin 

Staff Reporter 

Ever wonder where all those 
technical fees in your tuition 
end up? 

A portion of those fees end up 
paying for things like an upgrade at 
91.7 KNWD, The Demon. 

The station equipment was 
out-of-date and faulty, according 
to station general manager, Cody 

The senior journalism student 
explained that the sound quality was 

"The old equipment was some- 
what limiting in today's fast-paced 
world and it was time for a change," 
said Bethany Frank, former on-air 
personality at KNWD. 

Bourque and KNWD Faculty 
Advisor Hesham Mesbah agreed. 

Mesbah said KNWD now has a 
great advantage because of its equip- 

"[The equipment] is the best we 
can get for an amateur station," he 

The staff brought two big 
changes in terms of equipment. 

One is the ability to broadcast 
on-site. KNWD's first live remote 
was at the Miss Lady of the Bracelet 
pageant on Feb. 6. 

Mesbah said that now that they 
have the ability, covering events 
while they are happening will be a 
large focus of the radio staff. He 
said he would like to see, primar- 
ily, NSU sporting events receive live 

The other change, live web 
streaming, began last year. Frank 
and Bourque began streaming their 
show, "Agree to Disagree," online. 

"It was amazing to actually see 
the folks watching and listening to 
our show, and get their interaction," 

Frank said. 

"And it was great that we were 
able to reach folks outside of the 
Natchitoches community." 

Additionally, Mesbah explained 
that the staff's upgraded equipment 
now allows calls to be taken during 
radio shows and upgraded subscrip- 
tions provide greater musical diver- 

KNWD has also opened its 
doors and airwaves to students who 
want to get behind the mic and be- 
come part of the staff, which cur- 
rently consists of six students. 

"We wai.l to showcase the tal- 
ent that our student body has, and 
what better way to do that than over 
the KNWD sound waves," Bourque 

Frank said she is now pleased 
with what the KNWD staff is capa- 
ble of doing with its equipment. 

"The upgraded equipment, first 
and foremost, helps brings the sta- 
tion to the students," Frank said. 

NSU places 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Reporter 

Students who have 30 or more 
credit hours and have a grade 
point average below 2.25 are 
now required to meet with their ad- 
visors prior to class registration for 
the fall of 2010, which will aftect 
approximately 1 ,000 students. 

The changes will benefit stu- 
dents who are in need of assistance 
and might not meet with their advi- 
sor otherwise, said Dorene Fox, the 
executive director for Academic 
and Career Engagement. 

The previous policy only re- 
quired freshman students to meet 
with their advisors and only sug- 
gested that students in upper year 
classifications seek advisement. 

Recently, NSU's advising com- 
mittee learned that other universi- 
ties have more success with similar 

"Success in college is closely 
linked to having a GPA above 2.0," 
Fox said. 

Students need at least a 2.0 to 
graduate or maintain financial aid, 
and students who drop below that 
GPA may be placed on probation. 

Fox said that many students 
who lose their financial aid or are 
placed on probation do not return to 

Many NSU students feel the 
new policy is a smart idea. 

Julie Fletcher, a junior theater 
major, said the requirement will 
help NSU produce more quality 
graduates that employers will want 
to hire. 

"A 2.0 [GPA] is average," 
Fletcher said. 

"What company wants an aver- 
age graduate to work for them?" 

Additionally, she said the ad- 
vising policy will serve a double 
purpose of allowing students and 
faculty to gain a better understand- 
ing of each other. 

"So many students hardly even 
know the name of their professors," 
Fletcher said. 

"Making things more personal 
is definitely beneficial." 

Senior psychology major Kyle 
Domangue agreed with Fletcher, 
saying that many factors can affect 
a student's performance in college, 
which makes it necessary for them 
to need guidance. 

"College can be tough because, 
unlike high school, this is individu- 
ally motivated and other occurrenc- 
es, such as work or starting a family 
can interfere," Domangue said. 

He added that he believed NSU 
is behind on attempting to find an 
idea that may alleviate scholastic is- 

Fox explained that students 
who are close or have a 2.0 GPA 
may need help from their advisor 
to assess problems such as course 
load, scheduling or personal chal- 
lenges that may be harming their 

Fox encourages students to 
meet with their designated advisor 
as soon as possible. 

Faculty contact information 
can be found at 

Registration begins March 22. 


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SAB rallies support for St. Jude 
with ' Up ' til Dawn' event 

Tori Ladd 

Life Editor 

"I J 

V_x p 'til Dawn is a nation- 
ally Recognized program that St. 
Jude offers to help raise awareness 
for and end childhood cancer; and 
through St. Jude's expansion efforts, 
the event came to NSU. 

St. Jude Children's Research 
Hospital is internationally recog- 
nized for its pioneering work in find- 
ing cures and saving children with 
cancer and other catastrophic diseas- 
es, according to St. Jude 
is the only pediatric cancer research 
center where families never pay for 
treatment not covered by insurance. 

Accojding to, Up 'Til 
Dawn (UTD) is a student-led and 
student-run program that has been 
hosted by more than 375 colleges 
and universities across the country 
since the program's inception in 
1999. Since 1999, UTD has raised 
more than $24.5 million for St. Jude. 

The idea to participate in UTD 
was brought to NSU by senior HMT 
major Eddie Higginbotham while at 
a Theta Chi Fraternity conference 
sponsored by the North-American 
Interfraternity Conference, the na- 
tional governing body of all IFC 
fraternities, in Bloomington, Ind., at 
Indiana University this summer. 

"The NIC is an official support- 

SAB members gathered at NSU's Mardi Gras Part 

Photo by Charlie Johnson/ The Current Sauce 
I: Making a "BIG EASY" difference for the kids of St. Jude. 

er of St. Jude's "Up 'til Dawn" pro- 
gram and encouraged all participants 
in the conference to bring it back to 
their respective campuses," Higgin- 
botham said. "I was truly moved by 
the video presentation and knew that 
I had to bring it to NSU." 

Higginbotham called St. Jude in 
August of 2009 and acquired infor- 
mation about the program. Coinci- 
dently, St. Jude's called NSU's Di- 

rector of Student Activities, Yonna 
Pasch, the exact same day to set up a 
meeting with NSU about having the 
program on campus. 

"It was kind of fate," Higgin- 
botham said. Higginbotham became 
the executive director and sponsor- 
ship chairperson for the event be- 
cause he already knew about the 
event from previously talking to St. 

NSU students who were on 
the UTD committee include Jordan 
McLamore, who served as assistant 
executive director and public rela- 
tions chairperson; Cameron Tillman, 
who served as the team recruiting 
chairperson; and Ruth Wisher who 
served as the logistics chairperson. 
The advisors for the event were Di- 
rector of Student Activities Yonna 
Pasch, Asst. Director of Student 

Activities Kirk Lee and Director of 
Greek Life Natalie Laurence. 

The theme for NSU's UTD was 
picked based on the uniqueness of 
NSU and the diversity of Louisiana, 
thus the name and theme "Big Easy." 

"With being from Louisiana 
and just celebrating Mardi Gras, 
we thought it was only appropriate 
to have the theme be- "Mardi Gras, 
Part II: Making a BIG-EASY Differ- 
ence for the kids of St. Jude," Hig- 
ginbotham said in an e-mail inter- 

About 350 registered to partici- 
pate in the UTD "Big Easy" event. 
On the night of the event, it was es- 
timated that a little more than 350 
people showed up and participated. 
More 30 organizations participated 
in the "Big Easy" event as well as in- 
dividuals who formed teams in order 
participate in the St. Jude's event. 

When the groups checked in, 
they received their stacks of letters. 
Afterward there was a short open- 
ing program that included a patient 
family with their child who received 
help from St. Jude. Also in the short 
program St. Jude spoke with the stu- 
dents and told them how to construct 
the letters. This year at the event was 
Kami Chauncy, who has Acute Lym- 
phoblastic Leukemia with her mom 
Jill, from Shreveport. 

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NSU's 19th annual 
Student Art Show 

Photo by Dymetria Sellers/ The Current Sauce 
Josh Stelly wond second place for piece enititled, "Untitled." 

Dymetria Sellers 

Staff Reporter 


orthwestern State Univer- 
sity's 19th Annual Juried Student 
Art Show opened at 6 p.m. Tuesday 

The show had three judges for 
each featured category: Tom Rich- 
ard for fine arts , Michael Elliott- 
Smith for photography, and Evan 
Taylor, a former NSU graduate, for 
graphic design. Judging began at 
6:30 p.m. and was announced at 7 

For photograph) category, first 
place went to Katie Jo Springer for 
"Barn Yard Beauty", second place 
went to Geoffrey Hollis for "Red 
Skin", and the honorable mention 
went to Sarah Clarace for "Jake." 

For fine arts, first place went 
to Jeremy Jones for "Weller's Barn 
and the Cloudy day", second place 
was Josh Stelly's "Untitled", hon- 
orable mentions went to Nick In- 
man's "Parking Lot Shot" md Gin- 
ger Hughes "Purple Flowers." For 
graphic design category' Jorge Cantu 
won first place for his piece "Martin 
Luther King". 

Jeremy Jones also won the peo- 

ple's choice award for his painting 
"Weller's Barn and the Cloudy day", 
and best in show for "Open Barn 
with Growth." Winners received gift 
certificates for art supplies, and a 
cash prize of $50 for first place, and 
$25 for second. 

"I loved the diversity of art- 
works," Danielle Kenny, a senior 
graphic communications major said. 

"Every piece, whether photog- 
raphy, sculpture, or graphic design 
had elements of its own." 

Out of the 87 student entries 
there were 27 finalists. "I would have 
allowed more pieces to be in the art 
show," Kenny said, "but overall it 
was very nice to see different artists 
express their artistic strengths." 

Small finger dishes including 
sushi were served during the show, 
complements of NSU's culinary 
students. One of the dishes ev en re- 
ceived a vote for the people's choice 

The student art show occurs 
ever year with new judges for each 
show. All NSU students are allowed 
to enter. A fee is required for each 
entered piece. 

"I would like to get more stu- 
dents who are artists, but not neces- 
sarily art majors to enter," second 
place winner and senior fine arts ma- 
jor, Josh Stelly said. 






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March 3, 2010 


Half the Battle: 
It's bad for you 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in chief 


oday, we 
will see President 
Barack Obama un- 
veil his new health 
care strategy. This 
new strategy comes in the wake of 
the public health care summit that 
was held last Thursday. 

If you watched the summit, then 
you know sat in front of your TV or 
computer screen for seven hours and 
watched nothing happen. For those 
of you who didn't watch it, I can re- 
cap it very quickly. 

The Democratic members at the 
summit read stories of constituents 
who were oh so tragically wronged 
by the current health care system. 

When they were done, the Re- 
publicans would stand up and say 
the exact same thing they've said for 
a year now. 

There was no new information. 
No new arguments. There was, in 
short, nothing accomplished. The 
parties will continue to blame each 
other, but the problem is the parties. 

The party system in this country 
is broken. When our representatives 
make decisions based on what the 
national party says instead of what 
their people want, something is ter- 
ribly, terribly wrong. 

Several of our politicians will 
lose the support (read: money) of 
their national party if they vote 
against the party line. Some politi- 
cians, like Mary Landrieu, are able 

to get away with bipartisan voting 
because the Democratic Party would 
like to keep a Democratic senator in 

For something that has been de- 
bated on for so long, there sure isn't 
a whole lot of support from the peo- 
ple. Most polls are showing growing 
discontent among the American pub- 

There is also the fact that it 
doesn't seem to make sense. The 
basic idea is that we expand who is 
covered by insurance, what is cov- 
ered by insurance and rates will go 

But, rates are based on how 
much money is put in to the insur- 
ance companies through policies. 

If you have more people that 
can file a claim for more health con- 
ditions, it would stand to reason that 
the rates would go up, not down. 

Lastly, there is talk of recon- 
ciliation, a parliamentary process 
that could push the health care bill 
through the senate with a simple 
majority. The Democrats claim that 
the Republicans have used reconcili- 
ation plenty of times before, which 
they have. 

However, it has never been used 
on the level the Democrats plan on 
using it for now. This is almost $1 
trillion that we don't have to pay for 
something we do need, but not in 
one bill. 

There is also a legislative rule 
that says reconciliation cannot be 
used for bills that would negatively 
effect the nation's deficit for more 
than 10 years. Considering how far 
in the hole we are now, I don't think 
they can promise that. 

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Colloquium: On crime, part 3 

Josh Fage 

Guest Columnist 


-n wake of the 
recent school 
shooting at the 
University of Ala- 
bama in Hunts- 
ville by Biol- 
ogy professor Amy Bishop, we are 
forced to revisit the ever-present di- 
lemma of school violence. 

In the wake of Columbine and 
Virginia Tech, our schools showed 
initiative in their approach to this is- 
sue by considering legislation over 
dress codes, bullying and emergency- 
alert services. 

Still, despite an increase in 
awareness and many preventative 
measures, the threat of school shoot- 
ings remains present. 

In the recent shooting, Bishop, a 
mother of four, opened fire in a regu- 
lar faculty meeting, killing three of 
her colleagues and wounding three 

others. Upon detainment, Bishop ex- 
pressed disbelief in her actions, say- 
ing "It didn't happen. 

There's no way." The motive for 
the incident is believed to be the de- 
nial of tenure. 

In the wake of the shooting, 
alarming facts have come out re- 
garding the shooter's history. Most 
notably, she was involved in the kill- 
ing of her brother, as well as a pipe- 
bomb incident. 

However, in both instances, she 
was absolved of any criminal in- 

In light of this recent tragedy, 
one must ask, "What more can we do 
to prevent future school shootings?" 

As evidenced by the broad 
spectrum of culprits - including 
males and females, poor and rich 
students, athletes and nerds - we see 
that school shooters bear no standard 

The Alabama incident shows 
that even individuals, such as teach- 
ers and administrators, are capable 
of performing these acts. Thus, de- 
veloping a shooter profile would be 

highly difficult, if not impossible. 

Some advocate the permitting 
of guns on college campuses. I do 
not agree with this sentiment, nor 
do I envision that it would have any 
positive effect on prevention. 

Higher education should be as- 
sociated with the acquiring of knowl- 
edge, free thought and expression. It 
is simply demeaning to a university 
to make it a gun-toting haven. 

Since profiling or carrying guns 
are insufficient, what can we do? 
We can be respectful of others and 
do our best to not set off a figurative 
time bomb. 

We can be attentive to our class- 
mates and not hesitate to report omi- 
nous findings. We might probe the 
idea of more thorough background 
checks, but it is important to do so 
in a manner that does not invade our 
civil liberties. 

While these measures might not 
completely stop school shootings, 
they can certainly help prevent cam- 
pus violence. Ultimately, this give- 
and-take approach is the best we can 
ask for. 

Middle Child POV: 
The waiting game 

Paul Randall Adams 

Staff Columnist 


is at 

girl. Handsome 
boy. Long walks 
on the beach, 
hand in hand, 
quiet nights by 
the candles. 

She giggles, 
he chuckles, and the world 

Days turn into weeks and weeks 
into months, until the young couple 
is celebrating their anniversary. 

He has the entire night planned 
with roses and a quiet dinner. They 
both know that this is it. This is the 
night they'll remember forever. 

This is the night that they will 
have sex for the first time. 

The nerves set in, she shivers 
in excitement, and the next morning 
she wakes up a different woman. 

Nine months later, the nerves 
set in once more, and soon enough 
follows the pain. 

She looks down at the baby in 
her arms and cries, fearing what the 
world has in store for him. For as a 
single mother, she fears she will al- 
ways struggle. 

As a single mother she fears 
that her son may never meet the 
man whom he already resembles so 


Unfortunately, this situation is 
not so uncommon in today's society. 

More and more children are be- 
ing born out of wedlock, as of late, 
and most of them are forced to grow- 
up without fathers. 

There is a great social stigma 
today for girls who become pregnant 
before they're married. 

They're ridiculed, judged, made 
fun of. They become the subjects of 
hair-salon gossip and coffee-table 

People love to talk, share the 
story of how girls with such bright 
futures throw it all away for one 
night of passion. 

This is how they're viewed. 

And they have no way out. 

Abortion is frowned upon; 
they'd be disowned by everybody, 
especially in the more conservative 

And adoption is out of the ques- 
tion - that's taking the easy way out. 
It was her mistake, so she just has to 
be stuck with it. 

And yet the father of the child 
bears no repercussions. 

Unless the mother announces 
who it is, then he may never have to 
hear of the baby again. 

How many babies are products 
of the phrase "I love you?" How 
many of those babies ever actually 
meet their fathers? 

What ever happened to the idea 
that True Love Waits? For a long 

time, this program, these ideals were 
taught in churches nationwide. 

The idea is that if love was true, 
then a couple would wait until they 
were married to have sex. 

This, honestly, is the safest bet. 

No matter the preventative mea- 
sures, there is always the risk of un- 
planned pregnancies. 

There is also always a risk that 
one can come down with a sexually 
transmitted disease. Condoms, for 
instance, are only 98% effective in 
preventing pregnancies. 

According to the CDC, latex 
condoms can reduce, but not elimi- 
nate the risk of STD transmission. 

Why trust something that can- 
not guarantee safety? Why risk it? Is 
one night really worth a lifetime of 

One night of passion is not 
worth a lifetime of herpes or a month 
with Gonorrhea. 

One night of passion is not 
worth the lifetime of ridicule of be- 
ing a single mother, or a young fa- 

It's not worth a lifetime of re- 
gret due to an abortion or adoption. 

Perhaps the only thing that's left 
is to abstain. 

That's the only true guarantee in 
life. Abstinence is the only sure way 
to avoid STDs and pregnancies. 

Then, when it really matters, 
you'll have been protected your en- 
tire life. From disease as well as ridi- 

Opinionated Spirits: 
Alcohol and development 

Andrew Bordelon 

Staff' Columnist 


n July 17, 
1984, a law was 
passed to change 
the national drink- 
ing age from 1 8 to 

The argument 
used to support 
this law was that it will be better for 
adolescents' body developments and 
decrease alcoholism. 

If a person's genetic makeup 
will cause him to be more likely 
to be problematic alcoholic, then 
it seems like the age at which one 
starts to drink is irrelevant since he 
will be susceptible to this so called 
"disease" at any time. 

I've never heard or a disease 
that people are looked down upon 
for having. 

I consider people who have 
made alcohol a part of their life so 
much that they can't carry out every- 
day tasks to have a problem. 

But, if this problem is caused by 
dependency developed from drink- 

ing at an early age, it is a problem 
that could have been avoided. 

Relying on a law that sets re- 
strictions on when a person can 
drink in their life is a futile effort 
when underage drinking is an inevi- 
table occurrence. 

Instead of placing alcohol on 
a pedestal as a "forbidden fruit" to 
teenagers, which can spark more of 
their interest in some cases, teach- 
ing them how to drink properly and 
responsibly before they sneak a sip 
from the liquor cabinet on their own 
could reduce drinking problems and 
even save lives. 

Alcohol-related fatalities are 
one of the leading causes of death in 
the U.S. 

However, there is another cause 
I have recently taken a closer look at. 

Fatalities caused by poor diet- 
ing, such as obesity, are listed ahead 
of alcohol-related deaths. When one 
takes a closer look at obesity, results 
show that adolescents who are over- 
weight are likely to be overweight as 

These results are similar to 
those which show that adolescents 
who drink heavily are likely to have 
problems in the future. 

However, there are no com- 

mercials regarding deaths caused by 
poor dieting, even though the death 
rate is immensely higher than alco- 
hol-related fatalities. 

In fact, in the year 2000, there 
were approximately 400,000 deaths 
in the U.S. caused by poor dieting, 
coming in second behind tobacco as 
the leading cause of death. 

Alcohol related fatalities barely 
scratched that number with a mere 
85,000 deaths. 

Instead, television shows simple 
weight loss and workout commer- 
cials because people see this as a fix- 
able problem if they simply eat right. 

This concept of proper diet- 
ing and healthy living can easily be 
taught to developing adolescents to 
help them avoid health problems in 
the future, and this same idea can 
work for drinking. 

Just like how teaching people at 
an early age how to eat properly can 
reduce their chances of health prob- 
lems in the future, teaching them 
how to drink properly and responsi- 
bly early on can reduce their chances 
of experiencing health problems re- 
lated to drinking. 

It could even possibly bring 
about a safer and more positive 
drinking culture. 


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Freshmen pitcher Kylie Roos trots around the bases in the Lady Demons' 9-4 
win over the Lady Jaguars of Southern. Roos's record stands at 5-3. She has 
pitched two complete games, and has an ERA of 3.22. She has also struck out 
36 batters while only giving up 11 walks. Along with pitching, Roos has a .269 
batting average and five RBI. 

Sight for sore eyes: 

Lady Demon Softball doing things unseen for quite sometime 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

With a revamped roster, 
full of young players. 
Head Coach Donald 
Pickett has the NSU Lady Demon 
Softball team doing things they 
haven't done in quite some time, 
winning on a regular basis. 

Through only 13 games this 
season, the Lady Demons have ac- 
cumulated a record of 8-5. 

Now that's not too far out of the 
norm, but when those seven w ins are 
already more wins than the team had 
all of last season, it's a big deal. 

"It's good for our team to get 
started out on the right foot," Pickett 
said. "It sets up the rest of our season 
if we can get started out right, which 
we have and I'm proud of our girls, 
but we still have a lot of work to do." 

This season the Lady Demons 
have scored 69 runs. It took NSU 35 

games to score 69 runs last season. 

A big part of the success for the 
Lady Demons is how quickly the 
new recruits are making an impact. 

The new Lady Demons that 
are making the biggest impact are 
Brooke Boeing, Kayla Cole and Ky- 
lie Roos. 

Boeing and Roos are true fresh- 
men pitches that have a combined 
record of 8-3 and have struck out 63 
batters collectively. 

Roos was also named as the 
Southland Conference pitcher of the 
week last week for her performance 
in the South Alabama Invitational. 

Roos picked up the honors after 
tossing 17 innings, including two 
complete games and a shutout. 

She gave up just 12 hits in the 
three-game span, while walking just 
three batters and striking out 19. 

"Kylie has been steady for us in 
all of her starts so far," Pickett said. 
"She doesn't walk many batters and 

she knows how to battle through 
tough situations. 

"If you hold a team to less than 
three runs, you'll have a good chance 
to win games." 

Cole Is a transfer junior from 
Motlow Junior College in Columbia, 

Cole has given the Lady De- 
mons something they have been des- 
perate for, a big bat. 

She has a team high .436 bat- 
ting average and 1 4 RBI. Cole is also 
tied with Samantha Roberts for most 
home runs with 2. 

So with the new recruits and the 
veteran players coming together this 
early in the season, it has cause for 
Lady Demon nation to get a little ex- 
cited about the rest of season that is 

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March 9 to see the Lady Demons 
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starting to dwindle 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 

Down a key player, the Texas 
State Bobcats did everything 
but come up short in a 89-75 
win over the Northwestern 
State Demon Basketball team Satur- 
day in Prather Coliseum. 

Texas State"s top scorer and re- 
bounder Cameron Johnson didn't 
make the trip to Prather as he was 
serving a one-game suspension be- 
cause of violent play in a loss to Ste- 
phen F. Austin, Wednesday night. 

The Bobcats didn't hang their 
heads over the suspension. 

Instead they put everything on 
the back of 6-5 junior forward J.B. 

Conley averages 8.4 points per- 
game and his season-high 20 points 
came two games earlier. 

Conley continued his hot shoot- 
ing during this game when he en- 
tered the game off the bench and 
scorched the Demons with 42 points 
in 36 minutes played. 

"I've seen it happen time and 

time again, when a team loses its 
best player, it opens the door for 
somebody else to step up," Head 
Coach Mike McConathy said. "He 
had a great game and their team ral- 
lied around each other. 

"Our defensive rebounding, our 
free throw shooting, our focus, our 
togetherness, our energy, it all was 
poor. We've been so much better just 
a week ago," McConathy said. 

"That says to me if we'll make 
the decision to fully commit to each 
other and the team, we still have 
some basketball life left in us." 

The Bobcats led 45-36 at the 
half with 22 of those points belong- 
ing to Conley. 

After the half, NSU would even- 
tually tie the game at 48, but Texas 
State scored five straight points and 
went back up double-digits shortly 
after to hold off the Demons for the 
remainder of the game. 

The Demons lost for the second 
time after winning three consecutive 

Texas State snapped a two- 
game losing streak to improve to 7-7 

in conference. 

Junior guard Devon Baker was 
the high man for the Demons. 

He had a career-high 26 points. 
Baker was followed by junior Will 
Pratt's performance of 16 points in 
14 minutes played. 

Pratt was in foul trouble early in 
the game and fouled out in the sec- 
ond half. 

Sophomore center Will Mosley 
gave the Demons 1 1 rebounds and 
five blocks. 

Mosley is currently the seventh 
best shot blocker in the nation. 

The Demon basketball team 
have two games left for the regular 

NSU's next game is Wednesday 
night at 7 in Prather Coliseum. 

The Demons play host to Sam 
Houston State University. 

After that, NSU will visit South- 
eastern for the final game of the reg- 
ular season. 

The Demons need to win both 
games in effort to increase its bid 
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Student Newspaper of NSU since 1914* Volume 95: Issue 20 

SGA gears up for upcoming presidential election 

David Royal 

News Editor 

For the second consecutive 
year, the Student Government As- 
sociation is expecting a presidential 
race in its upcoming executive board 
elections this month. 

Thus far, two parties are signed 
up to run for the SGA president 
and vice president election that is 
scheduled for March 24: Mark Dan- 
iels and his running mate Patrick 
Brooks, and Matthew Morrison and 
his running mate Ruth Wisher. 

Both presidential candidates 
have experience within the execu- 
tive board. 

Morrison is the current vice 
president of SGA, and Daniels has 
served as both SGA treasurer and 
vice president. 

Daniels, who is a senior hospi- 
tality management and tourism ma- 
jor, has been with the SGA since the 
spring of 2007 and is currently the 
longest tenured member of the orga- 

Additionally, he is the district 
and chapter president of Kappa 
Kappa Psi fraternity and is a section 
leader of both the Spirit of North- 
western Marching and Concert 

Daniels explained that he has 
had the pleasure of serving under 
four different presidential adminis- 

He served as former SGA Presi- 
dent Shayne Creppel's treasurer two 
years ago and as Cody Bourque's 
vice president last year. 

By seeing how different leaders 
served the role as SGA president, 
Daniels said he learned a great deal. 

"The common misconception is 
that the president can do all things 
in SGA, but the president's real 
power is being able to lead and help 
give direction to others," he said. "I 
know I have this ability." 

Daniels also ran last year for 
vice president with running mate Ja- 
son Thibodeaux, but lost to current 
SGA President Kayla Wingfield and 

Daniels said his primary reason 
for running for president this year is 

related to NSU's situation concern- 
ing the state's budget cuts of higher 

He said this is a difficult time 
for the university, and he wants to 
be the person ensuring that the NSU 
student body is being properly repre- 

Like Daniels, Morrison said he 
has had the opportunity to learn from 
Wingfield's term as president. 

"[Wingfield] is a great person 
and leader, but also a great listener," 
said Morrison, who is a junior Eng- 
lish literature and political double 
major. "I learned from her that sim- 
ply listening to a person's problem is 
sometimes all that is needed." 

Morrison added that in his year 
as vice president, he picked up valu- 
able experience, especially dealing 
with Campus Living Villages and 
the OPvPH Committee. 

He explained that he has a good 
understanding of his responsibilities 
as president and the student body's 
expectations of him if elected. 

"I want to be an advocate of the 
school," Morrison said. "It's not 
right to make promises to students 
that can't be met." 

Both candidates said they are 
confident in their choices for vice 

Daniels said his choice was 

"Patrick was my number 
one and only choice," he said. "I 
wouldn't run if he wasn't willing to 
be my vice president." 

Daniels said Brooks is his part- 
ner because he has the ability to 
identify strengths and weaknesses 
of others, and use those to get a job 

Brooks, who is a junior psy- 
chology and addiction studies major, 
felt similarly to Daniels. 

"Mark has served on the Senate 
the longest and has the most expe- 
rience under his belt," Brooks said. 
"When you've seen as much and 
done as much as him, who else could 
be better for the job?" 

Brooks has served in the SGA 
for two years as the speaker of the 
Senate and the commissioner of the 
internal affairs committee. 

He is also a resident assistant 
for CLV and is the vice president 
of the National Association for Ad- 
vancement of Colored People. 

Morrison explained that when 
it came to picking his running mate, 
his primary criteria was that he 
wanted the hardest worker within 
the SGA. He said Wisher met this 

"[Wisher] is just as passionate 
about the students' needs as I am," 
Morrison said. 

Wisher is a sophomore journal- 
ism major and has been apart of the 
SGA for a year. 

She has served as the SGA's ac- 
ademic affairs committee commis- 
sioner for the past year and is also an 
active member of Phi Mu fraternity 
and the president of the NSU Col- 
lege of Republicans - coincidentally, 
Morrison is the president of the NSU 
College of Democrats. 

Morrison and Wisher said that 
many people have already ques- 
tioned them about why two people 
with such strong opposing political 
beliefs would run together for SGA 
president and vice president. 

They both said, however, that 
they believed their political views 
really had nothing to do with their 
opinions on how the SGA should be 

"I'm a very strong Republican 
and he's a very strong Democrat, 
but when it comes to student issues, 
we have a common ground," Wisher 
said. "We are both in touch with the 
students' wants and needs." 

Both set of candidates said they 
feel that the opposing sides are qual- 
ified for the positions. 

"I respect the both of them," 
Morrison said. "I don't think there 
could be a better four-som running 
for the job." 

Brooks agreed by saying, 
"There's no doubt in my mind that 
[Morrison and Wisher] would be 
able to serve the students." He 
added, however, that obviously he 
thought Daniels and himself would 
be better for the job, or they would 
not be running. 

Wisher summed it up by saying, 
"It's going to be a heck of a race." 

Courtesy Photos 

Top: Matthew Morrison and Ruth Wisher are running together for SGA presi- 
dent and vice president, respectively. Morrison is the current vice president 
of SGA. 

Bottom: Mark Daniels (right) and Patrick Brooks (right) are running together 
for SGA president and vice president, respectively. Daniels has served as 
both SGA treasurer and vice president in the past three years. 

Courtesy Photo 

Jean Marie DAmato Thomas, a professor at the Louisiana Scholars' 
College died yesterday morning of liver failure. DAmato, who was at the 
Scholars' College since 1988, taught several classes primarily concerning 
art history. She died at the age of 64 in a hospice home in Shreveport. 
"Jean believed deeply in the value of education and loved pushing her 
students... because she could look in and see their potential," said Davina 
McClain, the director of the Scholars' College. Her visitation will be held 
this Friday from 9-10 =t.m. at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home. 

Photo by Joe Cunningham/ The Current Sauce 
Guests at the ribbon cutting for the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts new Center for Performance 
and Technology include Chairman of ULS Board of Supervisors Jimmy Long, State Rep. Rick Nowlin, State Sen. 
Gerald Long and Gov. Bobby Jindal. The CPT includes a new electronic learning center, performance hall and art 
gallery. The cutting was preceded by special presentations and acknowledgments of faculty and political leaders. 

CLV offers 
credit course 

Sarah Cramer 

Staff Reporter 

Campus Living Villages at 
NSU has started a program for stu- 
dents who are interested in becom- 
ing a resident assistant at either 
University Place or University Col- 

The Resident Assistant Skills 
Training course is available for the 
first time this semester, for both stu- 
dents who are interested in becom- 
ing a RA, as well as students who 
just want to take the class as an elec- 

In the class, which gives stu- 
dents three credit hours, students 
learn from lectures, guest speakers 
and case studies. 

Much of their work is also 
hands-on. For example, students 
spend some of their class time mak- 
ing bulletin boards. 

"They're actually planning a 
program right now and they'll ac- 
tually do that program in the resi- 
dence halls for the residents in a 
couple weeks," Leasing Coordina- 
tor Nona Jordan said. 

Jordan is one of the class edu- 
cators, and said that the course of- 
fers more than just RA training. 

"It teaches them leadership 
skills, life skills, community policy, 
programming," Jordan said. 

Jason Mercer, assistant director 
of CLV at NSU, said that the main 
focus of the class is not just to pre- 
pare students for leadership as RAs, 
but also for leadership in their ev- 
eryday life. 

"It's preparing them for leader- 
ship in genera], and be able to serve- 
whether they decide to go on staff 
as an RA, or to go on with a club or 
organization, or any other portion of 
campus," Mercer said. 

Jordan added that so far, the 
course has proved to be effective 
among the RAs. 

"Within the class we're seeing 
who's going to emerge as leaders 
right now, [who] I think that will 
be well trained and ready for the 
responsibility of being an RA next 
year," Jordan said. 

Patrick Brooks, junior psychol- 
ogy and addiction studies double 
major, works as a RA at Univer- 
sity Columns and is enrolled in the 

"We learn about the role of 
a RA and how it is more than just 
letting someone in when they get 
locked out," Brooks said. 

He added that they have been 
learning about issues that RAs may 
face, including drugs and alcohol, 
campus emergencies and how to 
deal with suicidal residents. 

According to a press release 
issued by the NSU News Bureau, 
Jordan and Stephanie Dyjack, the 
CLV director of housing and resi- 
dent education, are hoping to hold 
a RA conference at NSU during the 

Gregory Blimling, author of 
the course textbook, would be the 
keynote speaker. 

CLV is currently accepting ap- 
plications for spring RAs until Fri- 
day, March 12. 

Jordan said that students who 
are not currently enrolled in the 
course are still able to apply for the 
job, but will be required to take the 
course in the fall if they choose to 
continue to be on staff. 









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NSU orchestra dedicates performance 

Lynda Hammett 

Sauce Reporter 


A he Northwestern Symphony 
Orchestra held a performance on 
March 2 in honor of Jean D'Amato, 
a Louisiana Scholar's College pro- 
fessor who passed away yesterday. 

On the request of Scholars' Col- 
lege students who are also members 
of the orchestra. Conductor Douglas 
Bakenhus announced after intermis- 
sion of the performance that Sym- 
pony #2 by Jean Sibelius would be 
dedicated to D'Amato, who at that 
time was already extremely ill. 

"There are many students in 
orchestra that are in the Scholars' 
College and asked if the next perfor- 
mance could be dedicated to a pro- 
fessor who has recently become very 
ill," Bakenhus said. 

After Bakenhus announced 
the dedication, he invited Davina 
McClain. director of the Scholars' 
College, to tell the audience about 

"D'Amato was hospitalized 
during Mardi Gras break and has 
been moved to a hospice facility in 
Shreveport." McClain said. 

"I had no idea Jean was even 
sick. I just saw her a couple of weeks 
ago riding her bicycle around town," 
Alexa Boyette. Natchitoches resi- 
dent, said. 

D'Amato had been at the uni- 
versity for ove 20 years. She has 
touched the lives of many students, 
McClain explained. 

"When alumni started hearing 
about D'Amato they started coming 

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Northwestern State Orchestra dedicated Sympony #2 during their performance on March 2 to 
Jean D'Amato, a Louisiana Scholar's College professor who passed away on yesterday. 

in from all of the country," MClain 

"They flew in from Boston and 
drove in from Houston to see her. 
Jean loves art, music. literature and 
most of all, leaching," McClain said. 

Symphony #2 was composed 
during Finland's struggle to gain in- 
dependence from Czarist Russia. 

"You hear the struggle in the 
piece," Bakenhus said. "A friend 
wanted Sibelius to call the work the 
Independence Symphony, but Sibel- 
ius denied I had anything to do with 
the struggle. 

"He wanted listeners to draw 

their own association." 

"Not many people would ac- 
cept a Finnish writer to write that 
symphony, and that really mirrors 
D'Amato's personality," said Josh 
Nuss, a Scholars' College senior. 

"It was fitting that the second 
movement in the piece was about 
loss and grief and that is what every- 
one is feeling right now." 

"They played tremendously 
well," Holly Stave, professor of 
English said. 

The fourth movement of Sibel- 
ius' piece blew the top of my head 

Visitation for D'Amato will be 
held this Friday from 9-10 a.m. at 
Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home, 
located on Kyser Avenue. 

There will be a burial service 
for the family, and a memorial ser- 
vice for the public at Trinity Episco- 
pal Chrich at 3 p.m., also on Friday. 

D'Amato's family has request- 
ed that instead of flowers being sent 
to the memorial service, that dona- 
tions be sent to the NSU Foundation. 

They wish to see a schoalrship 
fund created in memory of D'Amato 
to support students who want to 
study aborad. 

Guest artist 
featured for 
jazz fest 

Taylor Graves 

Staff Reporter 


he Creative and Performing 
Arts department will host the Loui- 
siana Association Jazz Education 
State Jazz Festival this Friday and 
Saturday for 12 high schools and 

"This Festival is a way to pro- 
mote the playing and studying of the 
art of jazz in the public schools and 
universities," said Galindo Rodri- 
guez, the event director. 

The festival will kick off Fri- 
day night at Mama's Oyster House 
in downtown Natchitoches. Fea- 
tured guest artist Rob Wilkerson and 
NSU's music professors and stu- 
dents will play jazz music. Student 
and festival attendees are welcome 
to come. 

Each year the festival has a fea- 
tured guest artist. Every guest has 
been someone who works full time 
and around the world in the jazz in- 

In an interview, Rodriguez stat- 
ed that the point of a guest artist is so 
the students can meet someone who 
is in the business and to learn from 

Rob Wilkerson was chosen as 
this year's guest artist. 

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Half the Battle: 

Political dilemma 

Joe Cunningham 

Editor in Chief 

he party sys- 
tem. I mentioned 
last time that it 
was, as far as I am 
concerned, killing 
the country. 

We elect 
people to office 
to represent us. That is what we, as 
a republic, have in place to run our 
country. It is when they ignore us 
that the system fails. 

The two major parties, the 
Democratic Party and the Republi- 
can Party, have been at odds since 
they became the two major parties. 

However, in the last decade, we 
have seen an increase in the hostili- 
ties between the two. 

People in office are supposed 
to listen to their constituents. They 
don't have to, of course. 

They're far away from us. But, 
why would you not listen to the peo- 
ple who voted for you? 

Unless, of course, you're in 
someone's pocket. 

There's an old saying I've heard 
a lot lately: "Who controls the food 
supply controls the people; who con- 
trols the energy can control whole 
continents; who controls money can 
control the world." 

Those who control the money 

control our politicians, and it's a 
tragedy that greed has overrun our 
government on that level. 

I don't think it's everyone, but I 
think it's enough of our politicians. 

Corporations have an influence 
as deep as their pocketbook runs. 

And it's just wrong. 

We need politicians who don't 
sell their ideals. We don't need big 
businesses calling the shots. 

Alternatively, the national par- 
ty leaders can hold a tremendous 
amount of sway in what our politi- 
cians say and do. 

And vote for. 

How do we go about fixing this 

Well, it seems like D.C. corrupts 
everyone it touches. 

A lot of people campaign on 
what appeals to the voters, so we 
think we're getting a good deal. 

Until it's too late, of course. 

Good lord, I'm sounding dan- 
gerously like a conspiracy nut. 

I'm not into the whole Area 5 1 
thing, but this is something near and 
dear to my heart. 

It should be near and dear to 
yours, too. 

This is our future. Our children 
and grandchildren's future. Govern- 
ment should act for its people, not 
for the money. 

When we can do that, the prob- 
lems in our country will look a lot 
less menacing. 

Who knows? Maybe we can get 
something done. 

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Misery Loves Company 

Paul Randall Adams 

Staff Columnist 

witter and 
Facebook are truly 
amazing things. 

They give us 
instant knowledge 
of a person's go- 

Modern tech- 
nology has allowed us to have our 
friends' statuses and tweets sent to 
our cell phones, so we are instantly 

We need to be in constant com- 
munication. We need to constantly 
know what they're doing. 

But more often than not, it 
seems, statuses and tweets are being 
used more to let the world know of 
the terrible day that a person has had. 

People get home from class and 
immediately go to their computers. 

After a few keystrokes and the 
click of a mouse, the cell phones of 
all of their friends are buzzing with a 
new status such as "My life is over! 
I failed my Psych test" or the ever- 
so vague "Well, there goes that." 

Vaguebooking is a new move- 
ment, and is defined as the inten- 
tional posting of a vague status to 
prompt friends into asking what's 

Why do we do this? 
All of us have done it at some 

Do we want others to be miser- 
able with us? 

Or do we perhaps have a deep, 
desperate desire for attention in the 
worst of ways. 

We want the world to feel mis- 
erable with us. And we want every- 
body to tell us that things will get 

But seriously, how badly can 
our lives be going? 

There are thousands in America 
with no homes. 

There are hundreds who don't 
have electricity at night and who 
wonder when their next meal will 

There are children in the hospi- 
tal, suffering from terminal illnesses. 
And the parents of those children. 

As the saying going, misery 
needs company. 

But what truly qualifies as mis- 
ery? Is a failed test reason enough to 
bring everybody around you down? 

Be rational. 

There are people in Haiti who 
don't have a home. 

There are children who have 
lost their parents and parents who 
lost their children. 

A devastating earthquake took 
the homes and lives of an entire peo- 

They lost it all: their families, 

their jobs, their homes. Everything. 
They are living in tents. 

200,000 people are dead as a re- 
sult of the horror in Haiti. 

How many of them had people 
who depended on them? 

The doctors are trying to heal 
people, using vodka as antiseptic 
and suturing wounds with shoe laces 
because they have nothing else to 

Everything is gone. 

There are people in Chile whose 
lives have been flipped upside down 
because of the disastrous earthquake 
that hit their country in February. 

Over 400 dead there. 

Is it feasible to think that the 
Haitians and Chileans want to tweet 
about how their lives suck? 

I don't recall seeing any Face- 
book statuses that said "I want to 

That just seems to hit a little too 
close to home. 

How easy is it for us to say "My 
dog ate my favorite shoes, I want to 

Why do we feel that that's ap- 

Sometimes, most times, in fact, 
misery is perfectly content to live by 

Think before you tweet. Does 
your problem truly deserve to raise 
the concern of others? 

Is your issue important enough 
to make others feel bad? 

Social media: 

Our generation's latest failure 

Tom Lawler 

Guest Columnist 


am three clicks 
away from adding 
my grandmother 
on Facebook. 

Don't worry; 
I am going to hold 
back on this one. 

My mother 
just opened a chat window remind- 
ing me to do something and my aunt 
is posting pictures of my little cous- 

What happened to our control 
over the internet, my brothers and 

We have lost our focus. While 
we were out tagging and writing on 
walls, our relatives, professors and 
employers crept up on our domain 
and stole what was ours from the be- 

Now before you rise up and tes- 

tify against me or against them, I am 
understanding of their situation. 

It may come to be shocking 
to you, but old people have close 

Believe it or not, they get tired 
of rounding the digits of their dial 

Perhaps their thumbs can't quite 
keep pace to send a text message, be- 
sides, the whole idea of a 'thumber- 
sation' still deters most old people. 
We still carry that battle. 

And let's face it, sites like Face- ,, and are very simple to 

So once they have tied up their 
horse and buggy at the local library, 
it will not take much more to send 
you a message reminding you of 
how much you have grown. 

Depending on senility they may 
try to offer you hard candy. 

Other fronts of this great war 
have already fallen out of our safe 

E-mail, cell phones and even 

twitter have gone to the baby boom- 
ers, old hippies and those WWI 
survivors. NSU President Randall 
Webb even has a Twitter account. 
Go see. 

There are some advantages to 
having old people on sites like ATM 
and etc. 

Chris Hansen's job got made a 
little easier. 

The Internet has made it easier 
to meet perverts on the net, but also 
to catch them before they commit. 
That is true of all ages, however. 

We, the youth of this great and 
vast world, are in a bind. 

We will all hopefully grow old 

We are compelled to look up 
to our elders and be reminded of all 
that respectful stuff. 

We do not, however, have to 
look through the computer screen at 

Doesn't it almost make the re- 
spect fade? 

Even if it is only slightly? 
I think so. 

Opinionated Spirits: 


Andrew Bordelon 

Staff Columnist 


met a girl one 
time in Natchi- 
toches who drank 
Jeagermesiter and 
Coke. That's it. 

I figured this 
delusional con- 
coction would 
taste absolutely terrible and a sip of 
my own, just to be sure, proved this 
to be true. 

However, she drank her strange, 
distasteful concoction without hesi- 
tation and even with pleasure. 

How could this be? I was used 
to girls ordering girly drinks, usu- 
ally involving some sort of vodka 
accompanied by a sweet or fruity 

This girl drank this disgusting 
mixture undeterred by the judgmen- 
tal and off-taste stares from other 
people at the bar. 

She didn't seem to care what 
anyone else thought though, nor did 
another one of my friends whose 
drinking habits did not go along with 
society's standards either. 

My other friend's methods did 
not revolve around a drink that stood 
but from others, but instead with ac- 
ceptable quantity. 

He was a man who drank from 
the moment he awoke in the morn- 
ing till he put his head down to bed. 

After a few months of observa- 
tion, I began to realize the definition 
of a functioning alcoholic. 

Now obviously, I would not 
suggest drinking to the extremity of 
my friend, but both he and the Jea- 
germiester queen had something in 

They drank because they enjoy 
drinking. The "weekend warriors" 
whose sole mission at the end of the 
week is to get as drunk as possible 
lack this virtue. 

I do not mean to condemn those 
who prefer to relax by drinking on 
the weekend, but I've noticed that 
people seem to drink what other peo- 
ple drink, as if their drink of choice 
relies on the bandwagon. 

People certainly start drinking 
because other people are. How else 
would one discover it? 

Once a person drinks for the 
first time in his life, he becomes a 
student. Like many students, people 
will begin to find interest, or a lack 

thereof, in different subjects. 

First comes the vodka and Bud 
Light, the liquid companion of high 

Now some people choose to 
stick with vodka, even after this ini- 
tial stage, which is OK. It does go 
well with quite a few mixers, and its 
scent is not as detectable as the pun- 
gent odors of whiskey. 

However, many people eventu- 
ally learn that beer is supposed to 
have taste, and that liquor is better 
enjoyed when the taste is not masked 
by whatever fruit concoctions one 
finds around his house. 

There's a whole world of booze 
out there to discover. This is why I 
see the exploration of that world as 
a necessity for anyone who likes to 

It doesn't matter if the drink you 
discover to love the most isn't com- 
mon, or considered as awkward as a 
Jeagar and Coke. 

The important thing is that you 
drink because you want to and what 
you want to. A fellow writer and 
drinker could not have said it better. 

"There is no such thing as bad 
whiskey. Some whiskeys just hap- 
pen to be better than others." 

William Faulkner. 


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Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Senior third basmen Chase Lyles (2) swings at an inside pitch in the Demons' 11-0 win over Murrary State University. 
Lyles led the Demons in hitting average with .364, along with a 10-game hit streak. 

Demons set for clash 
in Shreveport 

Jimmie Walker 

Staff Reporter 


ntil last night, the Demon 
baseball team was prepared to square 
off against the defending NCAA 
champion LSU Tigers at 6 p.m. at 
Fair Grounds Field in Shreveport. 

Due to poor outfield conditions, 
however, the game has been post- 
poned to April 20. 

The game was originally sched- 
uled to be played at Brown-Stroud 
Field, but was moved to Shreveport 
because of the opportunity to play in 
a bigger market area. 

"The sellout crowd is mak- 
ing me more excited," sophomore 
pitcher Chad Sheppard said. "It's not 
everyday you get a chance to play in 
front of 7,000 people." 

The Demons' current re- 
cord is 9-2 and they are coming 
off a nine-game winning streak 

fueled by an explosive offense. 

"We've been on a big roll, out- 
scoring opponents with really good 
offense," Sheppard said. "This helps 
us especially with a big game like 
this. It gives us some confidence and 
that extra bit of motivation." 

Last Sunday, The Demons de- 
feated Murray State University 13-3 
in a closeout game to sweep the se- 

The Demons have outscored 
their opponents 97-26 after losing its 
first two game to then-No. 21 Uni- 
versity of Southern Mississippi. 

Tonight's game will be the 
fourth time NSU has faced a No.l 
opponent with the previous three 
meeting being loses to none other 
than LSU. 

"I'm really excited," Sheppard 
said. They're No.l on one poll and 
No. 2 on another. All of or guys are 
ready to go." 

The Demons have a team ERA 
of 3.65 and plans on starting sopho- 

more LHP Brett Fredieu. 

Fredieu is 2-0 this season with 
an ERA of 2.08. So far he has struck 
out 10 batters and pitched 8.2 in- 

The Demons' team batting aver- 
age is .306, but Chase Lyles leads the 
team offensively with a batting aver- 
age of .364. Lyles is on a 10-game 
hitting streak, including a homerun 
andl3RBIs ■ 

Chris Matulis is expected to 
start for the Tigers. Matulis is 2-0 for 
the season and has a ERA of .90. So 
far, Matulis struck out seven batters 
with 10 innings pitched. 

As a whole, the Tigers have 
a hitting average of .335. Micah 
Gibbs leads the Tigers at the plate 
with a hitting average of .436. 

Their next game will be the 59 
time the two schools have met with 
LSU leading the series 48-10 

The last time NSU won against 
LSU was April 1 8, 2001 by the score 
of 10-8. 

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Lady Demons softball looking 
to find winning ways 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 

he Northwestern State softball 
team looks to end its six-game los- 
ing streak with match-ups against 
in-state rivals Grambling State and 

The Lady Demons 8-8. 0-3 in 
conference, hosted Grambling 2-0 
yesterday. The Lady Demons de- 
feated the Lady Tigers in the double- 
header by the scores of 4-1 and 11-0. 

In the 1 1-0 victory, NSU pitched 
a collective no-hitter. Starting pitch- 
er Brooke Boening got the win and 
pitched two innings. Kelee Grimes 
and Jessica English pitched the other 
three, in the run rule shortened sec- 
ond game, 

First basmen Samantha Roberts 
led the team in RBIs with three. 

Randi Stuard, Ainsely Pellerin 
and Stormi Stech each had two hits. 

The Lady Demons will play 
the Lady Gents tonight at 6 p.m., in 

As for the rest of the season, 
sophomore first baseman Samantha 

Roberts heads the Lady Demon bats 
with team highs in RBI, 15; batting 
average, .438 and slugging, .729. 

Junior catcher Kayla Cole is not 
too far behind Roberts having driven 
in 14 of her own and is slugging .694 
in her first year as a Lady Demon. 

She is also hitting .429, while 
the two have struck out collectively 
1 1 times in 1 6 games. 

Two other players are hitting 
better than .300, as seniors Randi 
Stuard and Stormi Stech are batting 
.365 and .325, respectively. 

Freshmen Taylor McLoughlin 
and Ashlee England are on the brink, 
hitting .298 and .297 as Lady Demon 

Collectively as a team, NSU 
ranks second in the Southland Con- 
ference in team batting average. 
.304; slugging percentage, .434 and 
on-base percentage, .378, only be- 
hind Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 
all three categories. 

Haley Bassett paves the way at 
the plate for Centenary, posting a 
.357 batting average and .571 slug- 
ging percentage, both team highs. 

Former Lady Demon Sara Dor- 
nelas is second on the squad, batting 

.324 with 12 hits, three of which 
are doubles. She has also recorded 
a 3.67 ERA while winning all five 
games for Centenary on the mound, 
while posting six losses in the pro- 

Dornelas has tossed three com- 
plete games in the young season 
with 35 strikeouts in 55 1/3 frames. 

Freshman pitcher Kylie Roos 
has gleaned the majority of wins for 
NSU on the mound, posting a 5-4 re- 
cord with three complete games and 
a 3.16 ERA. 

The Celina. Texas native has 
fanned 47 batters in her 48 2/3 in- 
nings pitched and garnered SLC and 
Louisiana Sports Writers' Associa- 
tion Pitcher of the Week honors ear- 
lier this season. 

The other three Lady Demon 
wins have come at the arm of fresh- 
man Brooke Boening. 3-2. She has 
sat down 38 at the plate in just 25 
1/3 innings. Boening has walked six 
while posting a 5.80 ERA. 

The Lady Demons return to 
conference action this weekend with 
a three-game set against Stephen F. 
Austin, 9-7, 5-1, in Nacogdoches 
starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Senior outfielder Randi Stuard slides into home plate in 9-4 win over the Lady Jags of Southern University. The Lady 
Demons won the the game in seven innings. 

Demons off to smokin start 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Editor 


he NSU baseball team began 
its season on the road against the 
then ranked 21 s1 Southern Mississip- 
pi and dropped the first two games 
of the three game series by the score 
of 18-3. 

Not the way they had hoped to 
get the season started. 

Since that early two game slide, 
the Demon baseball team has been 
firing on all cylinders. They turned 
around and beat the 2 1 s ' team in the 
nation in the third game of the series. 

That was enough of a spring- 
board that would launch the Demons 
on its still standing nine game win- 

ning streak. 

Now a nine game winning 
streak is impressive all by itself, but 
the way the Demons are winning 
make it even more so. In the streak, 
the Demons have scored a total of 97 
runs, while only allowing 26 runs. 

"We have been playing well," 
Head Coach J. P. Davis said. "The 
pitchers are making it hard for the 
opposition to score and are bats have 
really come alive. The bats alone 
make it hard for any other team other 
than ours to win." 

The Demons have scored dou- 
ble digit runs in six of the nine wins 
throughout this streak. 

NSU has been led by a host 
of players at the plate. Leading the 
team in this early season is Chase 
Lyles who is batting a team high 
.364. Lyles also lead the team in runs 

scored, 13, hits, 16, and is tied for 
most home runs with one. Lyles is 
also tied with Oscar Garcia in RBIs 
with 13. Leading the team in that stat 
is Adam Roy with 16. 

"Lyles has done it time and time 
again." said Davis. "When the game 
is on the line, he steps up to the plate 
and does what he does best." 

Leading the way on the mound 
for the Demons is Luke Irvine, who 
has a 1-0 record and has a team best 
3.78 ERA among starters. Irvine has 
a team high 20 strikeouts. 

For the Demons to get the win- 
ning streak to double digits it's going 
to come up against one of the tough- 
est games it will play all year, the 
number one LSU Tigers. 

Game time, however, has 
been postponed for April 20 at Fair 
Grounds Field in Shreveport. 


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Northwestern State University 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 ♦ Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Student Newspaper of NSU since 1914 ♦ Volume 95: Issue 21 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

Above: Lt. Col. (Ret.) Truman Maynard, the chief of staff of the Northwestern Demon Regiment, addresses those in 
attendance of the NSU Army ROTC and the NDR's annual regimental ball Saturday night in the Sylvan Friedman 
Student Union ballroom. The event was meant to unite past and present cadets of NSU's ROTC program and cel- 
ebrate their accomplishments of the year. One major achievement recognized at the ball was the NDR's '60 for 60' 
fundraising event. This particular fundraising goal was built on the premise that the alumni wanted to raise $60,000 
by the NSU ROTC's 60th anniversary. The NDR was successful in doing so and raised $100,000 for the program. 

University plans to give honorary 
diploma to family of former student 

Sarah Cramer 

Staff Reporter 

The family of Jeremy Butler, 
who died in an automobile 
accident during Mardi Gras 
break, will be receiving an honorary 
degree for his coursework complet- 
ed in the College of Business. 

Butler, who was a native of 
Keithville, La., was set to graduate in 
May from the College of Business. 
His death on February 1 5 shook both 
faculty and students within the col- 

"I can't believe he's gone," Eric 
Howard, senior business administra- 
tion major, said. "He was a breath 
of fresh air. He was always positive; 
never a negative vibe." 

Howard was one of Butler's 

"For his family, my heart really 
does go out and I wish that he had 
the opportunity to be here," Howard 
said. "That was a business man. A 
real business man." 

Howard said that Butler was 
one of the hardest-working students 
in the class. 

"He would come to class and 
instead of talking with everybody... 
[he would] focus on the teacher. He 
would make sure he understood be- 

fore he left. He was the ideal student 
that any professor would want." 

And when class was over, How- 
ard said that Butler would make sure 
to help any of his fellow classmates 
who needed assistance. 

Director of Business Programs 
Margaret Kilcoyne got to know But- 
ler during the fall semester in her 
business communications class. 

"He was very outgoing," 
Kilcoyne said. "He had a lot of ini- 

Kilcoyne agreed that Butler def- 
initely had a future in business. 

"As a matter of fact, the project 
[he] did for me was about starting a 
business in a foreign country, and 
[his] country was India," she said. 
"He came back from his job... and 
on Tuesday morning he said, 'I've 
got to tell you what I did,' and I'm 
thinking oh gosh, what did you do? 

"He was waiting on someone 
that was from India, and he said 
when you finish your dinner, may I 
ask you a few questions and the man 
said yes. And so he came over and 
Jeremy explained the project he was 
working on for me... and he said, 
'At the end of the conversation, Dr. 
Kilcoyne, he handed me his business 
card and said when you graduate, 
look me up. I have a job for you." 

"He was thrilled that he had 
done that and taken that initiative," 
Kilcoyne added. In the class, one 
of the subjects covered was the im- 
portance of good will messages, or 
letters of condolences. 

"I think a few of them prob- 
ably wrote his mom a letter," she 
said. "I personally sent her a letter 
and expressed my condolences and 
shared one of the things that we 
teach in that particular class is the 
importance of sharing things on a 
personal note, that maybe the parent 
or the brother or the sister or the fi- 
ance didn't know about the person." 

In addition to going to school, 
Butler worked full-time at Horse- 
shoe Casino in Shreveport. He is 
succeeded by his mother, Jack- 
quline Butler; his sister, Charme 
Thompson; his brother, James But- 
ler Jr.; and his fiance, Carlisa Car- 
penter and their unborn child, Jas- 
mine Albani. 

Howard said that Butler's death 
is a reminder that life is too short to 
be wasted. 

"No matter how focused you 
are or how good your life is, you 
could be taken at any time." 

Kilcoyne added, "He's just a 
wonderful, wonderful guy. He's go- 
ing to be missed." 

Prescott, police investigate 
alleged thefts at University Place I 

David Royal 

News Editor 

University Police is currently 
investigating multiple cases 
of alleged theft reported last 
week at University Place I, accord- 
ing to Detective Doug Prescott. 

At least three residents at the 
on-campus housing complex re- 
ported that their personal belongings 
were stolen from their rooms during 
the night of March 9, Prescott said. 
Items reported stolen include an 
Iphone, wallets and keys. 

"We're looking at all avenues 
for leads, and requesting any infor- 
mation someone may have," Prescott 

With the three cases reported, 
there was no evidence of forced en- 
try, which means either the doors 
were left unlocked or someone with 
a key was involved, Prescott ex- 
plained. He did not say which of the 
two circumstances he predicts hap- 

Bradley Hubbs, a freshman ed- 
ucation major, was one of the resi- 
dents who reported the alleged theft. 
Hubbs said the only thing he had sto- 
len was his wallet, which he said had 
two debit cards, his driver's license 
and $2 in it. He said his roommate, 

Dylan Drake, was not as fortu- 
nate. Drake, a freshman education 
major, reported his Iphone and wal- 
let stolen, which had $147 in it. 

Hubbs said he thinks that who- 

ever was involved snuck into his 
room while he was sleeping and took 
his Drake's belongings. 

Hubbs and Drake share their 
sweet with two other roommates, 
and Hubbs explained that, initially, 
he thought one of his roommates 
might have been involved. 

Hubbs said, however, that he 
quickly began to doubt one of his 
roommates did it once he heard that 
another resident in the same build- 
ing reported stolen items as well. He 
said he does not think his roommates 
would have also stolen from a ran- 
dom room. 

Hubbs said that he is now con- 
fident that a resident assistant, who 
have keys to rooms, or another em- 
ployee with Campus Living Villages 
was involved in the alleged theft. 

Stephanie Dyjack, director of 
housing at NSU, said she disagrees. 

"I have no reason to believe 
that any member of my staff was in- 
volved," Dyjack said. 

Dyjack said she was out of town 
last week when the alleged thefts 
were reported, but said that once 
she got back to her office, she began 
gathering information on the situ- 
ation and ensuring that everything 
necessary was being done to allevi- 
ate things. 

Because keys to the rooms were 
reported stolen, Dyjack said locks 
were replaced. 

In addition to the reported 
thefts, Dyjack explained that another 

resident also reported to the CLV 
staff that his or her door handle was 
broken and appeared as if somebody 
had tried to break into the room. The 
resident, however, did not report 
any stolen items, and Dyjack said 
the door handle could have become 
loose by other means. 

This incident of reported al- 
leged thefts is the first CLV has had 
to deal with since 2007, Dyjack said. 

The reported thefts from 2007 
took place over the Thanksgiving 
holidays, and like the reported thefts 
from last week, there were no signs 
of forced entry. An estimated $3,300 
worth of property was stolen from 
students in the 2007 cases. 

This is Hubbs's second semester 
living on campus. He said these cir- 
cumstances have definitely swayed 
his decision on whether he will re- 
new his lease with CLV. 

Hubbs said he will probably still 
live on campus next year, but it will 
not be at University Place I or II. He 
said he would give University Col- 
umns a chance because of the mag- 
netic locks that were installed on the 
doors this past year. 

Although he said he is happy 
University Police is investigating his 
case, Hubbs said he is also realistic 
about the situation. 

"I know the chances of find- 
ing whoever did it is slim," Hubbs 
said. "I pretty much know I'm going 
to have to replace my stuff and just 
move on." 


In last week's issue, The Current Sauce reported in 'SGA gears up for upcoming 
presidential election' that presidential candidate Mark Daniels ran for vice president 
last year with Jason Thibodeaux. Daniels, however, did not run in the election last year. 


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Williams named head of state's 
new electronic planning task force 

Amanda Duncil 

Staff Reporter 

A n Electronic Learning Strate- 
J-\ gic Planning Task Force was 

"initiated by the Louisiana 
Board of Regents and will be headed 
by NSU's Darlene Williams. 

Williams, who is also the vice 
president for Technology, Research 
and Economic Development at 
NSU, will help the Task Force deter- 
mine new ways to approach and pro- 
mote online education for the state 
of Louisiana. 

"Basically, it's going to serve as 
a roadmap for e-learning throughout 
the state," Williams said. 

Williams said that NSU has 
made great accomplishments with 
the way it has adapted the curricu- 
lum into online programs. NSU cur- 
rently offers 25 degree programs 
online and has the largest online pro- 
gram in the state. 

Northwestern State University 
saw the opportunity to re-engineer 
itself as a leader in e-learning many 
years ago," said Commissioner of 
Higher Education Sally Clausen. 

"We must move this distance 

education agenda forward faster. 
This is a lesson to all of us that it can 
be done successfully." 

Williams says she believes 
that the Task Force will provide a 
clear direction and vision for the 
state's online programs and heighten 
awareness about e-learning. 

Williams has been vice presi- 
dent for Technology, Research and 
Economic Development since 2008, 
overseeing the Offices of Electronic 
and Continuing Education, Infor- 
mation Systems, Student Technol- 
ogy, Research and Sponsored Pro- 
grams and Economic Development. 

From 1999 until 2003, she was 
coordinator of eNSU, the universi- 
ty's electronic campus, the Electron- 
ic Learning Systems coordinator and 
trainer, university technology trainer 
and liaison to the Board of Regents. 

From 2003 until 2008, Williams 
has been director of the Office ofElec- 
tronic and Continuing Education. 

She played a leadership role 
in the development of The Center 
for All Louisiana Learners (CALL) 
program, which makes it possible 
for adults without a degree to en- 
roll at a Louisiana public college 
or university and earn a degree 

File Photo/ The Current Sauce 
NSU's Darlene Williams has been 
asked to head the Electronic Learn- 
ing Strategic Planning Task Force. 

online and at an accelerated pace. 

Williams earned her doctor- 
ate in educational administration, 
curriculum and instruction from 
the University of Nebraska. She 
received a bachelor's, master's 
and specialist degree from NSU. 

Williams worked in the Sabine 
Parish School System from 1989 
until 1 999 as an elementary teacher, 
Title I facilitator and coordinator of 
student services. 


- The Student Government Association failed to meet quorom in its meeting Monday 
night so scheduled bills were forced to be tabled until next week. 

- The SGA Presidential Debate is currently scheduled for Friday at noon in the Syl- 
van Friedman Student Union ballroom. It is open to the public. 



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NSU hosts annual 
jazz festival 

Vanner Erikson 

Sauce Reporter 


here was azz music to be heard 
and fun to be had on March 13 at the 
LAJE State Jazz Festival at North- 
western State University. 

NSU and the School of Cre- 
ative and Performing Arts hosted the 
LAJE Jazz Festival in Magale Re- 
cital Hall on Saturday. 

The festival happens annually 
and it's a time where high schools 
and middle schools from Louisi- 
ana and surrounding states compete 
against one another in hopes of win- 
ning the competition and being the 
best school there. 

The festival committee even 
brought in Rob Wilkerson, a special 
guest jazz saxophonist who has a di- 
verse discography that includes both 
his own work and recording projects 
of fellow Brooklyn jazz artists. 

He played in the music program 
after the schools competed against 
one another. 

After an intense five hour com- 
petition, Fontainebleau High School 
was named the winner in the high 
school division, with Mandeville 
High School coming in second and 
Abbeville High School coming in 


Section awards were also given 
out to each best instrumental